LUSAKA, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Police officers in Zambia have been banned from marrying foreigners, a police spokesperson confirmed on Monday.
The head of the Zambia Police Kakoma Kanganja has issued a memo advising officers against marrying foreigners "with immediate effect."
According to the memo, the police chief has advised officers who are already married to foreigners to declare their foreign spouses to his office within one week. Failure to declare any foreigner spouse will attract disciplinary action.
Esther Katongo, the police spokesperson, has since defended the decision which has already received a backlash as constitutional.
According to Katongo, the Zambia Police Act 103 Section 3 and 5 covers the standing orders on marriages.
"Issues of security are delicate. If not careful, spouses can be spies and can sell the security of the country," she said.
She added that the law has always been there and that the police command has decided to enforce it because officers were ignoring it.