ZAMBIA: Government of African nation said to be concerned about divorce rate

The Lusaka Times reports that the government of Zambia is gravely concerned about the rising divorce rates in the country:

Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Joshua Kanganja says Government is concerned with the high rate of divorces among married couples in the country.
Dr. Kanganja says the State recognises marriage just like the church as an institution that is ordained by the Almighty God.

Officiating at a wedding ceremony for Kasonde Mwila a Civil Servant at Cabinet Office and Petronella Banda in Lusaka last night, Dr. Kanganja advised couples to learn to resolve their problems within themselves as opposed to taking each other to courts.
He said Government is saddened by reports of marriage dissolutions when the institution is expected to stand the test of time.
“Going to court is a serious let down in a marriage and Government is concerned about the high number of divorces occurring in the country. Spouses should learn to respect, love each other because the institution of marriage is ordained by God,” Dr. Kanganja stated.
He urged the newly weds to respect each other and safeguard themselves from HIV/AIDS which has continued to devastate professionals.
The Senior Government Official further encouraged couples to always consult God for guidance in their marriage when faced with confrontations.
He warned families against ‘poking’ their heads’ in their children’s marriages because saying this is a recipe to conflicts in homes.
Speaking earlier at the same wedding ceremony, Davis Chama the Bride’s representative encouraged the couple to live in harmony.
Mr. Chama said husband and wives should not be dependant on their parents or guardians because they are de-linked from family ties.
He observed that many marriages across the country failed to last because of ‘selfish motives’ in the early stages. [more]
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