The Zimbabwe Indigenous Languages Promotion Association says there is need for all sectors of the economy and public institutions to embrace the formerly marginalised languages in line with the new constitution.

The country’s new constitution recognises at least 16 languages a departure from the colonial era that did not recognise other local languages.

This reaffirms the country’s cultural and language diversity which defines the Zimbabwean community.

Speaking during the launch, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Indigenous Languages Promotion Association Mrs Maretha Dube said through the new thrust they are working towards eradicating bad perceptions about languages in the country.

Historian Mr Phathisa Nyathi said language diversity points to a common origin with no minority language other than the fewer numbers of people who understand a particular language.

He said through language there is the processing and production of knowledge skills and critical values for a people’s culture.

Soul Gwakuba Ndlovu another historian challenged people to continue to produce literature using indigenous languages.

He said the country has a challenge in underdeveloped autography which needs to be nurtured and further developed.