The last interview of the departed Alhaj Nasser Ntege Ssebagala that I watched was in luganda, recently while appearing on NBS, Pastor Joseph Serwadda wondered why he could not use luganda reasoning that the English language is very limited in communication,I look at the word, nga kitalo nyo a phrase used to show compassion and empathy after someone has lost a loved one, its English Translation would be,”its a pity” but I wonder whether one would say that sentence and it carries the exact empathy as the luganda version.Many have criticized the head of state for using runyankole in the address to the nation, with all the speech writers at the president’s disposal, the fact that he goes to the native language shows that we have a huge problem.
The romanticization of the English Language is amazing, whoever speaks well crispy toned English is taken as bright. Whoever falters then is loathed by the so called elites who sit behind their tablets and smart phones to harangue the councillors, yes English is a medium of communication and it is no surprise that I am using it right now. But why not in fact translate the oaths to the local languages, conduct council meetings in local languages this actually helps the oath have more sense of meaning and it is respected. Thats the whole essence of community participation, I think we ought to ask ourselves, “Does language affect service delivery at local councils?”
We have failed to adopt a national language and this leaves us struggling with English. What this means is that such a councillor will not speak in district hall meetings yet he/she has issues. We are slowly transiting into Black Europeans and thats sad.
A while ago while applying for further studies abroad.i was required to undergo a TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, the only way I got a waiver was showing that I had been to the United States and participated in their law competition and I was good to go, authors like Steve Biko didn’t die for this, the biggest problem with Uganda is failure to create a National Language and maintain the neocolonialism of the official language,58 years later, we are still praising English as the best thing that happened while spewing profanities and contiñuing with degeneration.
Our grandfathers didn’t raise us to be like this .