ZAMBIAN women who got married to Malians and living in that country have appealed to government to help them come back home after being divorced.
Foreign Affairs permanent secretary George Zulu told Hot FM news that government is currently investigation the matter and if there any issues it will engage the Malian government to resolve the problem.
“We are currently investigating the matter and if there is anything we will engage the Malian government for assistance,” Mr Zulu said.
He added that those seeking diplomatic services can go to the nearest embassy in Abuja, Nigeria where they can be assisted.
Zambian women living in Mali have been left stranded after being divorced by their Malian husbands. Their passports have also been confiscated by the former husbands leaving the women stranded on the streets; the foreign affairs ministry has been informed.
“We came here [Mali] in 1999 and I was happily married. Little did I know that my husband had left four wives in Bamako. I discovered that he was a married man later. I am stranded and struggling for survival. I want to return to Zambia,” said Emma Sakala.
Ms Sakala met her husband in Kitwe in 1998 and relocated to Bamako the following year.
“When we arrived here, it was all rosy but little did I know that he was a married man,” she said.
Ms Sakala said her husband grabbed her passport when they arrived in Bamako.
Another Zambian, Mary Chalwe, is also nostalgic about Zambia.
Ms Chalwe moved to Bamako with her husband in 2002.
“We divorced in 2005 and I am suffering. Why should I suffer when I have relatives in Zambia?” she asked. Ms Chalwe lost her passport in 2006.