'Rape pastor' freed on bail

HARARE - A High Court judge has freed on $500 bail Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura, accused of raping congregants, after the State consented to his release.

Gumbura is jointly charged with Tendai Ganyani.

Prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba said that even though the two were facing serious offences, that alone was not a reason to deny them bail.

“In the conclusion it is respondent (State)’s humble view that there is no danger to the due administration of justice if the applicants were to be admitted to bail pending trial in terms of the draft order,” Nyazamba said.

He said the strength of the State case was on the lower scale, considering the time that lapsed before the complainants reported the matter to the police.

Prosecutors allege that the offences were committed in January 2005, when 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.

She later obliged, fearing she might be cursed after Gumbura told her that she had committed an abomination by engaging in a relationship with an outsider.

The court heard Gumbura later called the woman in the evening and took her into his bedroom, where he read Bible verses, before making claims that he had brought salvation to her and therefore should have sex with her.

Gumbura allegedly raped the woman, before repeating the act the following week.

The woman reportedly fell pregnant on two occasions but Gumbura forced her 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 a church service in November 2005.

The State alleges another woman was sexually molested by Gumbura in 2009, after being called to the pastor’s offices by Ganyani.

Comments (12)

A travesty of justice in the making

Mukanya - 26 November 2013

siyaso. when the proper channels fail pple will take the law into their hands.batai munhu..

siyaso - 26 November 2013

Well ,it looks like he has already been pardoned.Poor women who attended his church with the hope of finding salvation but later subjected to such an inhuman treatment.However he wont succeed on the judgement day.

chimuti - 26 November 2013

So the guy is truely 'god' then, kikikkk. ma1, feel sorry for the women.

kitsi - 26 November 2013

The law is an ass. Now, he will go and threaten all and sundry with death wishes, and mark my word, this chap will run away to Mozambique like that other fellow gay pastor of his.

charambiwa - 26 November 2013

......yet Komichi gets denied bail for reporting a ballot envelop to the responsible authority ZEC.

JSC - 26 November 2013

Remember as long you are from Zanu PF you are above the law. Kill and rape at will. One day zvichapera chete!!!

Hurber - 26 November 2013

why do women take so long to report? she was 'forced' to abort twice? i thought abortion is a crime in ZIM. She is a criminal as well.

tintin - 26 November 2013

Rapists are being pardoned while innocent people like komichim are being hounded, what a cruel world.

churu - 26 November 2013

Rapists are being pardoned while innocent people like komichim are being hounded, what a cruel world.

churu - 26 November 2013

The Lord Almighty is in control, whether bag rafamba or not. The Law Officer is already acting the accused lawyer. I doubt if he has any passion and understanding of how these victims were subjected to mental torture and emancipation by this moron. The end is nigh and God is in control. Surely this Gumbura is not fit to be a free man in the circumstances.

Silent Observor - 27 November 2013

Chimuti they are not poor women they are stupid women. Women must examine their brains really I am sorry to say this but hey the way they want things done spiritually for them is terrible. Why really do women go to men for counselling especially about their sexual life with their husbands, why do they want to even walk into another man's bedroom and agree to remove that pant for him? We really need to redefine rape. Gumbura as far as I am concerned is not a rapist but a conmen. Too many women fall for conmen. Even 'tanhonga tose ngatiite share' is done to women.

Maita Manyuka - 27 November 2013

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