The Ugandan parliament has approved Swahili as the second language in the east African country after English.
Local media reported on Thursday that the approvement, which was adopted by the parliament on Wednesday, implies that Swahili may be used as a medium of instruction in schools or other educational institutions or for legislative or judicial purposes as parliament may prescribe.
The mover of the amendment, Adbu katuntu, said the move would promote communication in the east African region, where the language is widely spoken.
Uganda is a member of the three-member East African Community ( EAC). The other two members, Kenya and Tanzania use Swahili as the national language. The three east African countries have a plan to form the East African Federation.