Sources within the MMD have exclusively revealed that Michael Kaingu’s polygamous marital status though personal and private in nature is beginning to be a source of divisions within the former ruling party.
The sources have indicated that there is growing resentment in the party about Kaingu’s polygamous marriage as some of the senior MMD members feel that it would be extremely difficult to push a Mumba – Kaingu candidature in the event that the current constitution making process among other introduces the running mate system.
It has been learnt that Kaingu’s polygamous marriage is also largely being perceived as inimical to the electoral chances of the former ruling party in that some hold that Zambians are inherently Christian and would have a lot of difficulties accepting a man who practices what is beginning to be deemed as an act that not only demeans women but also totally unchristian.
A key source particularly said that there is a growing feeling within the party that perhaps there had been excessive consideration given to western province as a party strong hold which consideration is deemed to have led the party to settle for Dr. Kaingu; “the party clearly turned a blind eye to what Kaingu was going to bring to the table and ended up overlooking more credible people like the young Muhabi Lungu” one of the sources said.
Owing to these developments, the ruling party is expected to give more prominence to party vice president for administration Brian Chituwo who is deemed as stable and relatively easy to package for the public in comparison to the polygamous Kaingu.