Butambala - People’s Development Party (PDP) presidential candidate Abed Bwanika has said that if appointed into power, his government will ban the use of English as the primary medium of communication in schools and government offices, reports the Daily Monitor.
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Speaking at a rally in Gombe Town in Butambala District, Bwanika said it was vital to promote the use of local languages as this made it easier to communicate.
Bwanika condemned teachers who punished pupils for speaking in their mother tongues.
“Teachers should stop giving corporal punishments to students who try to promote their local languages. Why are you promoting neo-colonialism?” Bwanika was quoted as saying.
His sentiments were echoed by Democratic Party Member, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, who said Bwanika would lead the Southern African nation to fundamental change.
Uganda is set to choose its new president next year.
According to New Vision
, the east African country has set February 18 as the date for both presidential and parliamentary elections.
A total of eight candidates, including the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, are slated to take part in the elections.