Police in Zambia have been banned from marrying foreigners. This is according to a memo released by the Inspector General of Police. The memo, dated 11 January, said those who were already married to foreigners should declare it within a week and failure to do so would attract disciplinary action.
Police spokeswoman Esther Katongo confirmed the memo, saying that a standing order had been issued, notifying police officers of the measure, but that the ban itself was not new. It was being reinforced because some police officers had started ignoring it.
Asked why such measures were necessary, Ms Katongo said: “When you get married, they say that you are one. You know what marriage is – you share secrets. And you can tell officers ‘do not disclose’ but you have no control. You won’t be in their homes to always check on them. The security of the nation is what is paramount.”