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Marriage reunions begin


WITH over 22,000 divorce petitions recorded last year, married couples in the civil service separated by transfers will soon start reuniting, with Government setting the exercise into motion. Affected couples wishing to reunite with their families are being asked to apply for possible transfers. Acting Secretary to the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa has announced the decisive action in a circular dated January 11, 2022. “Government has decided that married couples working within the public service, judiciary and local government service should not be separated on account of transfers. “This is important to address issues of low productivity, broken families, and also to uphold existing national values and principles, among others,” the circular reads in part. It is addressed to the principal private secretary at State House, permanent secretaries, clerk of the National Assembly, deputy auditor general, and Smart Zambia Institute national coordinator. Other addressees are chief administrators of the judiciary, National Prosecutions Authority and the Public Protector. The rest are secretaries of all service commissions, Anti-Corruption Commission, Drug Enforcement Commission, and directors of Electoral Commission of Zambia, Human Rights Commission, district commissioners, and heads of government departments. Last month, President Hakainde Hichilema directed Mr Kangwa to ensure that guidelines and procedures are CLICK TO READ MORE