This Constitution is the supreme law of Zimbabwe and any law, practice, custom or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency.
The obligations imposed by this Constitution are binding on every person, natural or juristic, including the State and all executive, legislative and judicial institutions and agencies of government at every level, and must be fulfilled by them.
The following languages, namely Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa, are the officially recognised languages of Zimbabwe.
An Act of Parliament may prescribe other languages as officially recognised languages and may prescribe languages of record.
The State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must:
ensure that all official languages are treated equitably; and
take into account the language preferences of people affected by governmental measures or communications
The State must promote and advance the use of all languages used in Zimbabwe, including sign language, and must create conditions for the development of those languages
The State must promote public awareness of this Constitution, in particular by:
translating it into all officially recognised languages and disseminating it as widely as possible;
requiring this Constitution to be taught in schools and as part of the curricula for the training of members of the security services, the Civil Service and members and employees of public institutions; and
encouraging all persons and organisations, including civic organisations, to disseminate awareness and knowledge of this Constitution throughout society.