Zimbabwe/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.9 Language laws

As mentioned under Section 5.1.1, the new Constitution has effected several positive changes towards languages in Zimbabwe. This is a landmark achievement which ought to be celebrated. Kadenge and Nkomo (2011) note that, ‘the language policy is usually inferred from the language practices that characterise various spheres of life.’   The recognition of these languages in the constitution could be starting point towards the formulation of a comprehensive language policy for the country. According to the Harare Declaration of 1997 language policies developed by most African countries after independence have generally favoured the colonial languages by setting up language structures that confer a monopoly of status to the languages of former colonial powers. Zimbabwe has managed to break out of this cocoon.

There are also some laws that make mention of languages but it is not the main issue.

Chapter published: 07-04-2015