The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has received several queries from the media about the directive from the Inspector-General of Police instructing police officers not to marry foreigners and for those who are married to foreigners to declare their spouses to the Inspector-General. LAZ would like to advise that this directive clearly contravenes the provisions of Article 23 of the Constitution in the Bill of Rights that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, tribe, sex, place of origin, marital status, colour or creed. The directive in fact discriminates against Zambia police officers employed by the police service who have married or want to marry foreigners. Therefore, the directive is discriminatory on the basis of marital status.
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