The commission wants, when funded, to promote the language according to Article 137 of the EAC Treaty, all over theb African continent and probably the whole world to make it easier for local people to communicate in the fast economic developing globe.
Already eight semi-autonomous institutions are on a two-weeks assessment study of what is need by all institutions to adhere to the EAC central corridor that calls for the language to be utilizable.
The commission has a $23.3 million 5 years strategic plan that could start from 2017 to 2022 that needs funding to achieve its set objectives.
Prof. Kenneth Simala, the Commission’s Executive Secretary, says that Swahili would enhance political, economic and social cohesion.
“There is no need to set up institutions that are not well funded and staffed. We aren’t doing most of what we are supposed to do because of lack of funds.”
According to MP Muhia Wanjiku (Kenya), who is heading the Central Corridor team, “it makes no sense to establish an institution and yet frustrate them in their functions”.
Shedding light on the institution’s financial woes, Simala noted that, among others, partner states release funds around May “when we are at the end of the financial year” and the funds go to the reserve fund.
“We have problems with the auditing team because what was funded is not yet spent,”he says.
The EAC commission needs an estimated $1,553,098 to implement its work this year outside the protocol framework that has little achievements.
EAC member countries are expected to supplement the budget by at least the end of this fiscal year’s first quarter so that much of the work is done in the second.
Rwandan Member of the EAC parliament Fatuma Ndaginza said she would take up the issue regarding installing a framework to make the needed achievements.
In Rwanda Swahili is considered the fourth medium of communication after Kinyarwanda, English and French.