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Respect marriages – Inonge

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has called on couples to respect marriage as a sacred institution.
Ms Wina said a marriage can only work if the two people involved are willing to work at it and nurture it.
“Marriage is not an event; marriage is a long, long process; marriage is a commitment by two people to walk that journey together. The promises you made to each other in church to share your lives together is what marriage is all about,” she said.
Ms Wina said this when she officiated at a wedding reception for Martin Limata and Catherine at Mulungushi Service Club in Lusaka on Friday. Mr Limata is deputy Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Josephine Limata’s grandson.
She challenged the couple to make their marriage a project adding that the concept be based-on God’s idea. Ms Wina said any marriage built on Christian values: love, trust and mutual respect rarely fails.
“Love binds marriages; if there is no love between the two of you, it is difficult for the marriage to work. This love needs to be founded on a strong foundation. You need to constantly work at it to ensure that it works. If you don’t work at it, love has a tendency to fade,” she said.
The Vice-President also urged both families and friends to give the young couple space and time to discover and bond with each other and solidify their relationship without interference.
Earlier, family representative from the groom’s side Martin Limata Senior urged the couple to remain committed to each other. Mr Limata said marriage is a give and take and that the couple needs to be tolerant to each other.
And family representative from the bride Francis Funsani advised the couple to be cautious of whose advice they take when faced with challenges in their marriage.