Zambia National Service (ZNS) Commandant Nathan Mulenga has warned young people against co-habiting instead of adhering to the African tradition and Christian values of marriage.
Major-General Mulenga says co-habiting is not good because it lacks the support and advice of parents and guardians.
Gen. Mulenga said this in a speech read for him by Colonel Anthony Sapuleni at a colourful wedding reception for ZNS Lance Corporal Ignitious Chimbinde and Melody Imbwae at the weekend.
He said his men and women in uniform should follow biblical principles on marriage so that they can have stable homes.
"It is disheartening that in this era, most young people have thrown away our African tradition and biblical values and adopted strange cultures of co-habiting which is against marriage, an institution of
God," Maj.-Gen. Mulenga said.
He said marriage was sanctioned by God therefore Christianity should take centre stage in married people’s lives.
Gen. Mulenga advised Mr. and Mrs. Chimbinde to submit and respect each other in marriage.
He warned against divorce saying it contributed to HIV/AIDS and irresponsibility to both the family and the nation at large.
"The service expects you to live in harmony and there should not be any differences in making God your pillar because he is the key to unlock any serious marital challenge," he said.
And speaking earlier, father to the Bride, Leonard Makina urged the newly married couple to seek God’s guidance when they are faced with problems.
Mr. Makina, a former civil servant, said marriage may not last long if the couple do not follow Christian values.