Underdevelopment linked to lack of use of local languages

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—–A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has attributed the lack of development in most parts of the country to the limited use of local languages in the nation.

Northern Province Leadership Foundation Platform chairman, Netron Chishimba, stated that his NGO has discovered that some problems in the country were as a result of the reluctance by decision-makers not to engage individuals who do not speak English Language.

Mr Chishimba said the country has a number of people that have wisdom and natural intelligence, adding that their abilities were not fully exploited by the nation because they were unable to use English in most instances.

He gave examples of China and Tanzania as some countries that were making serious strides in development because of their strong use of the local language.

Mr Chishimba appealed to authorities to embrace all citizens if the country is to benefit from their talents.

He also appealed to members of the public to participate actively in the governance of the nation.

He said governance should not be left to the party in government alone, saying all stakeholders, including political parties, the civil society movements and private citizens must also contribute in national developmental issues.

Mr Chshimba said people should not criticise and capitalise on the mistakes committed by the party in government but offer alternatives and correct the mistakes.