Woman mulled suicide after Gumbura abuse

HARARE - Independent End Time Message former congregant yesterday told the court how she contemplated committing suicide after a series of sexual abuses by the church founder Robert Martin Gumbura.

The woman (name withheld), who now lives in South Africa, said she had to leave the church after Gumbura kissed and fondled her breasts, before attempting to rape her in 1988.

During that time, the woman said she was still 20 years old and single.

“Since this was so hard on me, I decided to commit suicide,” she said.

She further told the court that during the time, she was dating her boyfriend who later became her husband.

The boyfriend was troubled and sought Gumbura’s assistance.

Gumbura called the woman and asked her not to tell anyone or her boyfriend about the abuse, since this was an issue between the two of them.

She further said it was also church doctrine that issues should not be resolved by outsiders as Gumbura feared that the reports would destroy his ministry.

Gumbura told the woman that he had plans to marry her, before reading scriptures written by Brennan, dealing with polygamy.

She said her husband later fell ill before he was admitted in hospital for a surgical operation.

She said she called Gumbura to advise him about her husband’s condition but said the pastor began making sexual advances again, claiming he still loved her.

After her husband was discharged from hospital, they later went together to see the pastor.

The woman’s husband later left the two to discuss and Gumbura continued telling the woman that he still loved her, adding that the way he admonished her husband in church was a way of taking aim at him for marrying a woman he loved.

Incensed by Gumbura’s actions, the woman wrote a letter to him in 2006, advising him that she was leaving the church.
She later left for South Africa following her husband’s death in 2007.

However, Gumbura’s lawyer Rekai Maposa said the woman was working in consent with police officers to fabricate charges against the pastor to ensure his downfall.

The woman refuted the claims, explaining that the letter she wrote to Gumbura was submitted in 2006, before the allegations against him were raised.

Comments (8)

The weakest link in a woman chiuno. The waist of woman controls the brains of a woman.

Maita Manyuka - 12 December 2013

don't follow a law in the church or a doctrine in the church which is ultra vires the Bible.

Maita Manyuka - 12 December 2013

Mabasa aGumbura anosemesa!!!

Ngugude - 12 December 2013

kunamata rudzii kwaunoramba uchienda kwaurikuda kurepwa kupusa here kana chii madzimai nhasi pastor akuti ndokuda mangwana woti huya unamatire murume wangu arwara ko akadzipwa opedziswa ifaith rudzii inopa munhu kudaro. Mapenzi emadzimai. ko kungobuda chechi yacho usina kukumbira permission zvinoramba here ? Tsvakai mwari mumweya nemuzvokwadi nyaya dzenyu idzi ???????????

MUCHADURA - 12 December 2013

verengai 1cor 4 vs 4

joseph - 13 December 2013

this is a lie.

bhoramusango - 13 December 2013

nyaya dzakutemesa musoro idzi

hardlife - 13 December 2013

"don't follow a law in the church or a doctrine in the church which is ultra vires the Bible" For this statement to be meaningful and contributory to the issue in concern we should be having one church. As long as we have many churches then we are bound to have heresies. Honestly can you spend 30 years in a church and later realize that you were lost. Puzzling indeed. These people subscribed to Pastor Gumbura's doctrine, whatever he teaches. In this case i smell a rate given the time taken to report the matter. 1988 people, tell me.

Ndotya - 13 December 2013

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