[lg policy] Cabinet approves establishment of National Kiswahili Council to save language

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 10:58:03 EDT 2018


 Cabinet approves establishment of National Kiswahili Council to save
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President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a Bill creating a 15 percent tax
relief for Kenyans buying houses under the Affordable Housing Scheme.
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In Summary

   - The proposal was approved when President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the
   third cabinet meeting at State House on Tuesday.
   - The establishment of the National Kiswahili Council is in line with
   Article 137 of the East African Community Treaty.
   - The Council will be a consultative body whose functions will include
   coordinating the work of national and regional associations, cultural
   entities, educational and other organisations working in the area of
   Kiswahili.

The Cabinet has approved the establishment of the National Kiswahili
Council to inform government policy on developing, protecting and
supporting the language.

The proposal was approved when President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the third
cabinet meeting at State House on Tuesday.

“The establishment of the National Kiswahili Council is in line with
Article 137 of the East African Community Treaty which provides that
Kiswahili shall be promoted, developed and used as a “Lingua franca” of the
Community,” said State House in a statement.

The Council will be a consultative body whose functions will include
coordinating the work of national and regional associations, cultural
entities, educational and other organisations working in the area of
Kiswahili.

The cabinet also approved 12 other proposals during the meeting, among them
the revival of the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) as a mechanism for
growing the blue economy as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Bill, 2017 aimed
at repealing the Radiation Protection Act.

The Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2018 – which places emphasis on human
rights approach towards the realization of the rights of persons with
disabilities – as well as the resturucturing of the National Youth Service
(NYS) were also approved.

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Key among proposed new measures for at the NYS include the establishment of
an oversight board which will effectively make the organisation a body
corporate with a Director General as the CEO.

The following are the other approved bills:

   - The National Policy to Support Enhancement of County Governments’
   Own-Source Revenue and the County Governments’ (Revenue Raising Process)
   Bill, 2018 – The proposed policy is geared towards addressing the
   challenges County Governments are encountering in revenue collection.
   - Kenya’s Candidature to the United Nations Security Council for the
   Term 2021-2022 – Kenya will now vie for a non-permanent membership of the
   United Nations Security Council for two years (2021-2022) at the elections
   to be held during the 74th session of the UN in 2020.
   - The Privately Initiated Investment Proposal for Likoni Cable Car which
   is set to address the human traffic challenges across the Likoni channel.
   - Host Country Agreement between the Government of Kenya and Trade Mark
   East Africa (TMEA) – Cabinet approved the elevation of a Memorandum of
   Understanding (MoU) signed earlier between Kenya and TMEA into a Host
   Country Agreement.
   - Hosting the 123rd Session of the International Coffee Organisation’s
   Council Meeting in April, 2019 which is scheduled to be held from 8th to
   12th April, 2019in Nairobi.
   - The 24th International Grasslands Congress (IGC) and 11th
   International Rangelands Congress to be held in Nairobi from 24th to 31st
   October, 2020
   - Hosting of the Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in
   Nairobi 26th – 28th November, 2018 which is scheduled to take place in
   Nairobi from 26th to 28th November, 2018.

“Hosting all the above Conferences will not only create an avenue for
exchange of experiences and ideas but will also help in promoting Kenya as
a favourable tourism and conferencing destination,” said State House.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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