The Law Association of Zambia has said that the directive by Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja’s to bar Zambia Police officers from marrying foreiners is discriminatory and contravenes the provision of article 23 of the constitution in the Bill of rights.
In a statement released to the media and signed by LAZ President Linda kasonde, LAZ said that there is no such law in existence that bar Zambia Police officers from marrying Foreigners.
Last week, a Zambia Police memo circulating on social media indicated that the law stated that no police officer should marry a foreigner.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo explained that by law, police officers are forbidden to marry foreigners by sections three and five of the Police Act.
“Issues of security are delicate. If not careful, spouses can be spies and can sell the security of the country,” she said.
“It is true that this provision has always been there. Now it seems some officers are ignoring it that is why an internal memo had to be issued to remind them.
It is a standing order passed for security reasons,” she said.
Ms Katongo said sections three and five of the Police Act gives power to the Inspector General of Police to come up with a standing order to guide the running of the police.
Below is LAZ ‘s full statement