Police in Zimbabwe now Forced to Learn 16 Languages, including Sign Language

Government in Zimbabwe has widened the training of Police officers to include learning of 16 languages provided in the country’s constitution. The training of police has also been extended from 6 months to one year to accommodate the training programme.

This was made known by the Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Obegingwa Nguni when she spoke to parliament on steps taken to teach the police sign language to assist the deaf.

The languages are Chewa, Chibrawe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya,Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa. All these languages are provided for in the nation’s constitution.


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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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