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Alba Iulia
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Religious Minister bemoans the rise in divorce cases, with Lusaka, Eastern and Western Provinces topping the chart

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Minister of Religious Affairs and National Guidance Godfridah Sumaili has bemoaned the increase in divorce cases after latest reports show that
over 20,000 marriages were dissolved countrywide last year with Lusaka, Eastern and Western provinces each recording the highest cases of over 4,000 divorces.

Reverend Sumaili has observed that there were a number of factors that have led to the surge in divorce cases in Zambia.

Reverend Sumaili said that divorces have a negative impact not only on the family level but also on the society at large, noting that divorce has a negative impact on children in homes as well as the public hence it should not be accepted.

“Well, it is unfortunate that we have an increase in divorce cases because it is not a good thing,” she said.

She noted that other factors that have contributed to increased divorce cases include lack of proper communication and consultation as well as misunderstandings among couples.

The minister said couples also need to undergo counselling which should involve parents and guardians of the consenting parties from the onset.

“In most cases, females are counselled while males undergo little or no counselling and are neglected which has contributed to the breaking of marriages,” she said.

Rev. Sumaili said lack of honesty, openness, money as well as social media and phones have led to divorce among couples.

She has since encouraged members of the public and stakeholders to ensure they play their role in order to curb the surging number in divorce cases.

The minister further advised couples to avoid issues of alcohol and drug abuse as well as gender-based violence which she said affect the growth of children in homes.

She has further urged the Church and chiefs to ensure that they engage married couples in programmes regarding how to manage homes so as to have healthy families.

28 COMMENTS

  1. This useless woman and her useless ministry ….she bemoans the rise of divorce cases when corruption is destroying the country …how many people has Honeybee murdered?

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  2. The problem is that the younger generation marry for the wrong reasons. They see material wealth as the most important factor in choosing a partner. That is why their marriages don’t last. As for me, I met my wlfe when I was still poor and she helped me achieve my success. That is why our foundation is very strong. I love you my sugar banana regina.

    As for tarino, he cannot comment on this because he has never being in a relationship in his entire life as old as he is.

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  3. The problem is that the younger generation marry for the wrong reasons. They see material wealth as the most important reason in choosing a partner. That is why their marriages don’t last. As for me, I met my wlfe when I was still poor and she helped me achieve my success. That is why our foundation is very strong. I love you my sugar banana regina.

    As for tarino, he cannot comment on this because he has never being in a relationship in his entire life as old as he is.

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  4. The problem is that the younger generation marry for the wrong reasons. They see material wealth as the most important reason in choosing a partner. That is why their marriages don’t last.

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  5. For me I met my regina when I was still trying to make it in life and she helped me make it. That is why we are strong together. I love you

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  6. Tarino cannot give a sensible comment on this article because he has no experience of relationships at his age

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  7. Marriage has become meaningless especially in Lusaka. Married women are now behaving like men and now have side dudes to take care of their needs because Zambian men are drinking too much and can’t perform at home.
    Marriage should instead be a 5 year contract renewable if both parties agree, asking you to spend the rest of your life with one human being is not fair.

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  8. iwe attend to this ***** of a pastor lupupa he is one of the reasons there a lot of divorces. He is happy with rigging kapena no jigging wadya buino na ma make make wa fara chipale stupidity of bemoaning mu social media. the poor cant access to these but uripo mu social atase

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  9. So what value addition is there in Stating the facts? This Ministry is just a waste of Taxpayer’s Money. It would be better to use the Money allocated to this useless Ministry for paying the foreign bondholders. The Govt has defaulted on its external debt becoz it’s priorities are upside down. There is just too Profligacy in this PF Govt and that’s why a change of Govt in Zambia is must. There are no Economic and Financial Literacy Managers in the PF Govt. Come 12the August 2021 Zambians have a golden opportunity to vote this corrupt PF Govt out of Power. To do this we need Divine Intervention.

  10. This is good news of the year at least. Two adults tired of each other peacefully opting to leave each other. No murder involved. Once again congrats to all those who divorced. Marriage is a thing of the past were success was how well you kept your family and marriage and now things have changed its about money. Continue divorcing cheers.

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  11. Leave this up to people who do rigorous research mama,, not interested in anecdotal and moreover, your job description is so confusing just like you

  12. @ Patriotic Zambian, I like your 5 years suggestion hahaha. I personally think it’s better to divorce and both parties remain alive to co-parent compared to forcing people to stay together then they end up killing themselves. The wise walk away in peace and dignity. Allow people to choose what’s best for them Madam.

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  13. Who has not divorced? The President is married to another woman. Dr Dan Pule has divorced. The Mayor of Lusaka was even celebrated marrying another woman. John Sangwa divorced. The UNIP government was full of divorcees. Pastors, politicians, ordinary citizens are all do=ivorcing. Even Rev Sumaili’s marriage is at risk. This has nothing to do with politics or religion. It is the nature of human beings.

  14. KZ from rags to riches through corruption and kick backs revived at state house.

    You have been a thief and a crook since birth. Stealing is in your DNA just as lungu the convict

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  15. Completely useless ministry! Irrelevant and lacking analysis even on this issue. Attributing the reason to “lack of proper communication and consultation”. Very simplistic reason coming from a ‘leader’. She cannot or refuses to, like most of her PF cohort, to see this from a broader perspective. This is one of the offshoots of the underlying and prevailing social/economic situation. ‘Communication and consultation’ are mere symptoms. This is why we don’t need a ministry that merely exists to drum up a moral agenda – oblivious of reality and the shortcomings of the regime it stems from.

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