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3. Founding values and principles

1. Zimbabwe is founded on respect for the following values and principles–

  a. supremacy of the Constitution;
  b. the rule of law;
  c. fundamental human rights and freedoms;
  d. the nation’s diverse cultural, religious and traditional values;
  e. recognition of the inherent dignity and worth of each human being;
  f. recognition of the equality of all human beings;
  g. gender equality;
  h. good governance; and

2. The principles of good governance, which bind the State and all institutions and
agencies of government at every level, include–

  a. a multi-party democratic political system;
  b. an electoral system based on–
    i. universal adult suffrage and equality of votes;
    ii. free, fair and regular elections; and
    iii. adequate representation of the electorate;
  c. the orderly transfer of power following elections;
  d. respect for the rights of all political parties;
  e. observance of the principle of separation of powers;
  f. respect for the people of Zimbabwe, from whom the authority to govern is
  derived;
  g. transparency, justice, accountability and responsiveness;
  h. the fostering of national unity, peace and stability, with due regard to
  diversity of languages, customary practices and traditions;
    i. recognition of the rights of–
    i. ethnic, racial, cultural, linguistic and religious groups;
    ii. persons with disabilities;
    iii. women, the elderly, youths and children;
    iv. veterans of the liberation struggle;
  j. the equitable sharing of national resources, including land;
  k. due respect for vested rights; and
  l. the devolution and decentralisation of governmental power and functions.