Ambokile: Tanzania’s double diplomat for country, Kiswahili

26Sep 2018
Lucas Liganga
DAR ES SALAAM
Financial Times
Ambokile: Tanzania’s double diplomat for country, Kiswahili

SYLVESTER Ambokile could be labelled as a double diplomat. First, he is Tanzania’s High Commissioner to South Africa since May 2017. And second, he is the east African nation’s Kiswahili ambassador for southern African countries.

SYLVESTER Ambokile.

Since taking over his diplomatic role in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, AmbassadorAmbokile has sweet talked leaders of the three southern African countries into introducing the teaching of Kiswahili in their countries’ schools and colleges.

And his efforts have started to pay dividends following the recent announcement by the South African government that schools in the country will from 2020 offer Kiswahili as an optional language for learners.

“When I presented my credentials to the presidents of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, I appealed to the leaders in these countries to start introducing the teaching of Kiswahili in schools,” Amb. Ambokile told the Financial Times in an email interview from Pretoria.

Ambokile, the former commissioner general for Immigration, officially started his duties as High Commissioner of Tanzania to South Africa on May 1, 2017.

“Since the South African Minister for Basic Education announced the move to introduce Kiswahili as a subject, we have been receiving lots of phone calls from people in Tanzania asking how they could grab that chance to teach Kiswahili,” said Amb. Ambokile.

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