The Law Association of Zambia – LAZ has described Zambia Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja’s directive that police officers shouldn’t marry foreigners, as unconstitutional and must be reversed.
Last week, Kanganja wrote a memo that no police officer should marry a foreigner and asked all the officers who were currently married to foreigners to declare their spouses. But LAZ president Linda Kasonde says the move contravenes article 23 of the constitution.
Kakoma’s memo was leaked through social media thereby igniting debate as to what the motive behind the directive. Police spokesperson Esther Katongo maintained that the IG’s decision was backed by standing order 3.5 which gives power to the police IG to implement measures on running the police.
But Kasonde said that the move was against the Zambia Police Act. The LAZ stand has been supported by a number of police officers who said that the situation I only applicable in the defence forces.
The officers told the Watchdog that the move is strange, especially that the police is now moving from being a force to being a service.
“We are not military men but more like civilians and that situation is only applicable to our colleagues in the defence forces so unless the IG intends to militarise the police service,” said one officer.
And another senior officer at police headquarters has said that Kakoma’s memo was generated by him alone and doesn’t have support of his top Command. The officer said that such a move can only be sanctioned by the high command in consultation with the minister of home affairs and accused Kakoma of being fond of making solo decisions.