Pastor faces rape charges

HARARE - Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura has been remanded in custody after appearing before the courts facing rape charges.

Gumbura was remanded to December 2 when he appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei.

He was advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

He was first arraigned before the courts last month facing allegations of raping two women married to a member of his flock, one after the other, in one day.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleges that on January 18 2005, Gumbura picked one of his parishioners (name withheld) from her workplace to his house for counselling because she had engaged in a relationship with someone who was not their church member.

He allegedly demanded to have sexual intercourse with her but she refused and told him she was menstruating.

She later obliged for fear of being cursed and put in the hands of the devil by Gumbura. He had told her that she had committed an abomination by engaging with an outsider.

Mashavira further alleged that the following evening, Gumbura  called her to his bedroom and read Bible verses, explaining that he had brought her salvation and had the right to “reap from her body in the form of sexual intercourse.”

It is the state’s case that on January 22, Gumbura locked her in a room before telling her he had given her enough time to finish her menstrual periods, before forcing himself on her.

The following week, she woke and found Gumbura standing naked beside her bed.

He demanded sexual intercourse without her consent, it is alleged.

She reportedly fell pregnant on two occasions but was forced to abort.

The court heard Gumbura would force her to commit oral indecencies on his privates, urinate on her stomach and sometimes perform group sex with several other participants.

She finally made a police report on October 24 this year.

The state claims Gumbura also sexually abused his sixth wife’s sister, after luring her to buy ice cream after church service, sometime in November 2005.

It is further alleged that sometime in 2009, another victim was summoned to Gumbura’s office by Tendai Ganyani.

Upon arrival, Ganyani locked the doors, leaving the pastor and his alleged victim alone in the office.
He allegedly undressed himself and forced himself on the complainant.

After the incident, Ganyani returned to unlock the doors.

The victim did not tell anyone because she feared being cursed and rebuked.

She later reported on March 18 after realising nothing had happened to other victims who had disclosed the matter.

Comments (12)

She was afraidd of being cursed can a mere human being curse a person. Ndizvo zvinonetsa kunyanyoenda kuzvimachurch zvinofunga kuti ma leaders have the keys to heaven yet it is only through Jesus that you will definitely go to Heaven. This woman must tell us which verse in the bible tells her that when she is allegedly saved she should feed him with her thighs, where which bible was he reading. Muakdzi uyu akagumira grade aniko uyu hey kana mai vangu vakaenda ku night school havaudzwe zvakapusa kudari. Maybe I am too idealistic some stories here can only be read from fiction books. I don't support Gumbura but there is more to it, hey group sex and she only report in October after 2 aborted pregnancies. This taking it too far.

Maita Manyuka - 19 November 2013

People this is not the founder of the End Time Message this man backslide long back and was excommunicated kudhara from the End Time Message because of his diabolic acts after being caught red handed. To satisfy his lust he started his own church introducing the doctrine of polygamy. This is a lesson to all people out that kana watadza humble yourself and repent to break that spirit otherwise mweya unokusvitsa pakaoma. You will surely reap what you sow In every gathering there are 3 kinds of believers 1. Unbilevers 2. Make Believers 3. True believers you can't run away from that but to have to throw away the water with the baby thats not right Koo vana Peter church yavo yaifanira kuvharwa here nekuda kwana Ananias naSapphira YaMoses yaifanira kuvharwa here nekuda kwana Dathan naKorah Nehemiah aivanavo wani vana Tobiah naSanballat YaJoshua maiva naAchan wani Solution vatadza ndivo ngavafire zvivi zvavo saVaGumbura ava There is going to be a true word Bride without spot without wringle even in the midst of all this confusion my brother. Zvinoendesa vamwe kugehena vamwe zvinovaendesa kudenga. Mvura dzimwe dzakanyudza vanhu dzakaponesa Noah ari mungarava munguva yake

ceeeeeeeeeeee - 19 November 2013

@ceeeeeeeee. u seem to have bible knowledge but not common sense like most people. u can not remain in a sinking ship saying that some will be saved from there. you have to get out before its too late.

uuuummmmmmm - 19 November 2013

this women are jealous for the man of God. Why reporting now after 8 years. Where was the abortions done? Why are now, someone is behind this stories. Gumbura was acquitted last week because of this silly reports and no investigations are been done to brought some to book. Police should look careful to this stories and see. Truly how can someone be raped whilst you wait for your turn to be raped, its ridiculous out of this world. I have never heard such stories before. Someone wants to tarnish the name of the church and Gumbura and his family.

hardlife - 20 November 2013

there is motive behind this women pattern of reporting. How do we classify rape? can someone clarify and give us a clear picture.

hardlife - 20 November 2013

hardlife are u telling me u support gumbura???ndiwe ZIDOFO rekutanga nekupedzisira.u cant tell me he brainwashed u ths much.feel pity for urself.wakambonzwa saying yekuti ' is commonly reported...'? anenge ambonyanyoita sei Gumbura wacho zvekuti angaitirwe godo.uende kana kunyt xul umbonovhurwa njere

message chaiyo - 21 November 2013

If all this is true, he does not deserve to be among us. Maybe life in prison will do. May the true God intervene.

chokwadi - 22 November 2013

Signs of the times.

dreams - 22 November 2013

justice must prevail this man is evil the courts are nt doing a gud job.anyanya munhu uyu. haasi pastor uyu imboko iyi inoda kukanganisa zita rechurch. this fox must rot in jail.mafollowers acho kupusa muporofita wacho akamboita polygamy? wake up n smell the coffee

tungwas - 23 November 2013

Kune vanonamata apa hapana chinoshamisa.Mazuva aTenzi Jesu Christu pane vaitozviitawo vana Jesu.I zano raSatani rokusvibisa chakanaka. End Time Message harisi zita rechechi.It's an adjective of the message preached by Br Branham.Haidzidzisi kuhura.As far as I know Br Branham taught what the Bible taught.He taught Baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ once in water just like the scriptures say (Read Acts 19v1-6)He taught that scriptures do not allow women to preach (I Timothy 2 verse 9-15) .He taught that we need to go back to the old time Biblical decency and in the church women do not wear trousers.He taught chastity and faith in God who is the same yesterday ,today and forever.Nowhere in his messages did Rev Branham taught that Mr Gumbura 's actions should and can be shielded by scripture.Satan ada kumhanyira mberi kuti shoko rechokwadi nechizaruro chechokwadi chitsimbirirwe.Hoebeit vana vaMwari muuchenjeri hwavo Mwari vaita kuti kupfurikidza neuyanga uhwu,shoko ravo ritaurwe.The sad part is that those who were sceptical about Christianity and about the endtime message Biblical Truth will find ammunition to desbelieve.Mwari havagezwi nesipo.Narrow is the way.

ben - 24 November 2013

matindindi - 13 December 2013

Proverbs 26:11 KJV states ".. As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly ....". In Matthew 12: 43-45 we read : "..3 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation...". ... We salute all those who have had the courage to take this matter to court to end this polygamous circus. We salute Pastor Godwin Chitsinde of Spoken Word Ministries of taking a Moral Stand against this Polygamous man masquerading as a “Pastor”. We pray for all those who have been affected by Robert Martin Gumbura… The man needs deliverance from demons of adultery and demons of fornication and demons of incest and demons of moral filth… We pray that this matter will be resolved… It is saddening to read how grown up women were deceived by foolish stories of Gumbura… Filth is filth. Sin is sin. There is no justification for the sin of adultery and the sin of fornication and the sin of incest… The Holy Bible condemns all manner of sin including “.. the sin of adultery and the sin of fornication and the sin of incest…”. We pray for the healing of all those who have been brutally scarred by Robert Martin Gumbura… May GOD have mercy on their souls and may GOD have mercy on Robert Martin Gumbura who has lost the right to be called a “..Man of GOD…”. He should repent of his many sins and not be allowed to preach The Word again. Shame on his so called ELDERS and so called DEACONS who allowed such polygamous nonsense to prevail.. A tree is known by it's fruits… These wolves in sheep clothing need to be exposed...

Brother Errol Smythe - 16 December 2013

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