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Kenya: Should Use of Indigenous Language be Banned in Public Offices?

Moreen asks readers if the use of indigenous language should be banned in public offices in Kenya: “Work place diversity is a complex issue when you consider issues of the gender, age, education, background, ethnic group, language adds another layer to the complexity. What has your experience of use of indigenous languages in the workplace been, positive or negative? Do you agree with the motion put forward by MP Elias Mbau to ban the use of indigenous language in the workplace? And would it have the intended effect of reducing discrimination and promoting social cohesion?”

  • Andreas

    Indigenous languages can exclude a lot of people but not allowing the use of these languages often leads to their extinction. The death of a language is final. Besides, sometimes languages promote diversity, and cultural understanding.

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