Oral traditions experts must be paid to teach indigenous languages, CS says

Roads, Transport and Public Works CS Kipchumba Murkomen in a file photo. He is championing for indigenous language experts to be paid to teach young people their mother tongues.

Oral traditions experts must be paid to teach youth indigenous languages  and preserve cultural values through local languages, Roads Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kipchumba Murkomen has said.

Speaking at Suwerwa in Cherangany during the burial of the first chief clinician in Kenya and proprietor of the famous Cherangany Nursing Home in Kitale, the CS stressed the need to embrace indigenous languages so that people do not become strangers to their own cultures.

He said the sole means of communicating knowledge and traditional values across generations is the knowledge of indigenous languages.

“It’s sad to learn that most youths cannot utter a single word in mother tongue,” he said, pointing out that local languages are integral to a people’s identity, promotes emotional health, and allows strong participation in social and economic activities.

By Hillary Muhalya

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