Martin Gumbura who is serving a 40-year-jail term says his wives can now move on and date other men.

“I had hoped that I would leave the prison one day but after losing several court appeals, I have to accept that freedom may never come. My life is behind these walls. This is why I have decided to let my wives re-marry instead of waiting for me. I have to spend 35 more years behind bars, that’s too much.

“I don’t suspect them of cheating and have nothing against my wives. But l am imprisoned here, it’s only fair for my wives to move on if they wish to. Yes, I am still their husband but there is more to marriage, you have to be intimate as husband and wife. I should be providing for my wives as a husband, so they can’t be holding on to me because I am not there,” he told The Sunday Mail.

But Gumbura’s wives says they will remain loyal. The women are keeping themselves busy running Gumbura’s businesses which include a farm and a gold mine.

Family spokesperson Queen Bunga, who is the second wife to the jailed preacher, said “In tough times, we find strength in each other. We comfort one another and these are the advantages of being in a polygamous marriage."