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WITH the reported increase in divorce cases in Zambia from 22,000 in 2021 to over 31,000 last year, President Hakainde has reminded citizens that marriage is for life and it should be natured through love and tolerance.
The President has also urged couples to ensure trust among each other and not “sneak into phones”’.
The President also noted that too much freedom and lack of trust among spouses has led to polarisation in marriages.
“Checking on your wife’s phone all the time. Sneaking there, checking the messages, even a general message, you interpret it to mean this is a message that means something else.
“Innocent message sometimes, we must limit our freedoms. Freedom means responsibility to limit our freedom, not to tamper with the freedoms of others. So we create issues there,” Mr Hichilema said.
He was speaking yesterday when at community house where Paramount chief Mpezeni and chief Maguya of Eastern Province called on him.
The President said marriages are not meant to be broken but kept.
“Marriages must be kept. Marriage is an institution. It’s the oldest institution for humanity,” the father of three said.
He said there is need to avoid finger pointing among spouses partners to avoid differences which can led to breakups.
“Husband pointing a finger at a wife. That she doesn’t cook well. Who said our mothers were the best cook,” Mr Hichilema said.
The President also noted that “too much freedom” and lack of trust among spouses has led to polarisation in marriages.
Mr Hichilema, who described as unfortunate the increasing divorce cases in Zambia, called on citizens to understand the genesis and sanctity of marriage.
The President said citizens should understand that marriage is for life and spouses should learn to tolerate one another in love and “limit their freedoms”.
“We marry for life, we don’t marry to go and check each other out. Or to go and point a finger as to why you [my spouse] are different from me.
“I want to encourage Zambians to understand the genesis of marriage. The Godliness of marriage. Raising a family,” Mr Hichilema said.
Government wants marriages and families to be strong and united for a better society.
“The family unit is extremely important. How we manage ourselves as husband and wife how we manage our children has a bearing on how society is or will be.
“So, those statistics are unfortunate. But also sometimes,” Mr Hichilema said.
From the 31,452 applications for divorce in 2022, the courts gave the go-ahead to 15,147 while 16,305 were not granted.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 23rd, January, 2023)