Middle income status and language

By Ndawula Ronald The Primary school riddle about the two animal race, the chameleon and the elephant.  In the riddle, consummately the chameleon outpaced the elephant to win a 100metre race!  When the start button was pressed for the race to begin, the only work the chameleon did was to stretch its tail and coiled onto the small tail of the elephant! On reaching the finish line the elephant went to the winners’ seat to take position of the champion and that’s when the chameleon told the elephant that don’t seat on me.  From then,  Mr Elephant realised that the chameleon was indeed the champion despite its inability to run!  The world bank in all its wisdom has just realised that the world’s poorest countries like Uganda nolonger need real figures of income per capita , Gross Domestic Product and practical shift in ways of life of their people to move to middle income status!  The only requirement is, the Presidents of these nations have realised, you stage a national state of the unio

Middle income status and language

By Ndawula Ronald

The Primary school riddle about the two animal race, the chameleon and the elephant. 

In the riddle, consummately the chameleon outpaced the elephant to win a 100metre race! 

When the start button was pressed for the race to begin, the only work the chameleon did was to stretch its tail and coiled onto the small tail of the elephant!

On reaching the finish line the elephant went to the winners’ seat to take position of the champion and that’s when the chameleon told the elephant that don’t seat on me. 

From then,  Mr Elephant realised that the chameleon was indeed the champion despite its inability to run! 

The world bank in all its wisdom has just realised that the world’s poorest countries like Uganda nolonger need real figures of income per capita , Gross Domestic Product and practical shift in ways of life of their people to move to middle income status! 

The only requirement is, the Presidents of these nations have realised, you stage a national state of the union address and declare that we are in middle income status  and BOOM, (like the scientist big bang theory of creation)we’re there.

Now, Ugandans should celebrate the stylish entry into the middle income status and our President referred to as the man who delivered us to middle income status by proclamation. 

My friend went to Bergen University in Norway a country with a population of around 5.5 million and one of the rich list countries and was was required to study the local Norwegian for six months. 

My other friend got a scholarship in Helenski Finland with a population of about 5.3 million and the requirement was to study Finnish first. 

My friends daughter studied nuclear science  in South Korea and had to start with 6 month korean language lessons yet her lessons were supposed to be in English. 

When you go to any University in Sweden with a population of about 10.5 million people you’re required to study swedish before doing anything on your tour of academics. 

My son has graduated Summa cum laude in a Chinese university of technology and was supposedly doing an english course but was required to take a chinese course unit every year through his 4 year course. 

This is done in Spain, france, Germany, Portugal , Netherlands and all the rich list countries. 

If small rich countries and those with the biggest populations know that respective native national languages are a prerequisite to development why do we falter on this rather obvious observation? 

The other day the internet almost broke down with the woman MP of Masaka District who failed to speak well her second language.

This lady should be applauded if not honoured for being bold to present her case in a language foreign to her. 

The Hon.MP exemplifies the deficiency we all go through in Using languages that are not ours.

One time my friend lost a case because his lawyer Muhammed failed to express himself in court because he was overwhelmed by the presence of another lawyer who was very fluent and eloquent in the Queens language. 

It’s amazing that even those who laughed and they speak relatively good english, no one can hear what they say when they are in Biden country for the first time. 

When you come from Uganda your english language will be like a Foreign language to the Americans and too you will everytime ask for pardons to get what they say. 

Speaking good english or a Foreign language well doesn’t amount to wisdom.

You all realised what happened when the same lady came bak the next day with a Luganda version. 

She was in command and knew her responsibilities well. 

For African leaders who possess all the powers next to God you have the responsibility of sorting this age old colonial mentality of surviving on foreign languages as mediums of communication. 

Some researchers have put it well when they said “a country that communicates using a Foreign languages is surviving on borrowed consciousness”. 

Its development and understanding will alwys be compromised and biased by the cultural influence, pretense of the adopted vain characters of the owners of the language. 

This is the same reason why the tower of Babel failed to take shape.

God confused the builders with many languages and they lost focus.

Now those entitled and pretending to build Uganda are already in the same mess! Adopting and ordering Kiswahili on top of the already adopted and chaotic English which has already proved impossible even to our Members of Parliament is digging and plunging ourselves deeper in the abyss and maze of defeat. 

The only President who will write history in Africa will not be the one with the formidable army but that one who will swallow the bitter pill and adopt the local languages and dialects as communication tools and vehicles of development. 

80% of Chinese people can’t read or write English , but does China lag behind Uganda in development?

The biggest percentage of Japanese don’t read or write English, but do Japanese laugh at a fellow Japanese for the weakness? O is it a weakness anyway? 

A successful Minister of education will be that one who will champion the move to adopt local languages in the curriculum and spear head researches to start translating literature of sciences, humanities to our students. 

We shall never practically go to middle I come status when were speaking 

Ndawula Ronald, the author is the former chairperson of Luwero district.

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