–Government has noted with sadness that Gender Based Violence (GBV) among married couples has contributed to the rising number of divorce cases in the country.
Health Deputy Minister Patrick Chikusu says women have fallen victim to GBV hence marriages in Zambia do not last long resulting in divorce.
Dr. Chikusu says fighting between husbands and wives in marriage is not acceptable and that it was in this regard that Government had taken keen interest to monitor spouses to avoid unnecessary rising cases of GBV cases and divorces.
The Deputy Minister said this last evening during the wedding reception for Kawewe Chipoya and Garnete Madichi at the office of the president mess in Chamba valley in Lusaka.
Dr. Chikusu said government is contemplating to make GBV offences non bailable to deter the perpetrators of the vice.
He disclosed that government has embarked on a multi-stakeholder initiative called the GRZ-UN joint programme on GBV with the aim of engaging partners to address the vice in a holistic manner.
He advised the new couple to submit to each other because marriage is an institution ordained by God and therefore divorce was not allowed.
He further urged the couple to love one another, be open, and resolve problems together while desisting from provoking each other at all costs.
And speaking earlier, father to bride, Moffat Madichi urged the spouse to put their marriage in God’s hands.
Mr. Madichi counselled the newly weds to be faithful to each other and respect one another because marriage is meant to be joyous through-out their life.