Judgment date set for Gumbura

HARARE - Independent End Times Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura will spend Christmas and New Year holidays behind bars after Harare regional Magistrate Hosea Mujaya said he will deliver judgment in his matter on January 8, 2014.

Prosecutor Jonathan Murombedzi closed the State’s case after leading evidence from 12 witnesses. He said Gumbura, who is facing multiple rape charges, involving female congregants, was selfish and cruel for “using” women that he would later hand over to other church men for marriage.

However, Gumbura denied Murombedzi’s claims, saying the victims were lying against him, since he was in love with most of them.

“We were so much in hotels, Meikles and Jameson were like our second homes,” Gumbura said.

Murombedzi accused Gumbura of using fear, indoctrination and brainwashing to ensure that congregants succumb to his sexual and financial demands.

He said this was buttressed by video clips that were played in court, which were recorded during some of his church sermons.

During the sermons, Gumbura is shown, claiming to be placing people that would have left his church in the hands of Satan, threatening that a bad omen would befall them. Some of the bad things that he prayed for include, losing employment, dying, divorcing and poverty.

In one of the clips, Gumbura gives a list of people that had died for defying his orders or for leaving his church.

“You cannot leave without my permission,” Gumbura said.

He said, placing people in the hands of Satan was, however, misconstrued by the State, since it was only a litmus test, to prove someone’s spiritual strength.

Gumbura told the court that Spoken Word Ministries pastor Godwin Chitsinde was masterminding the rape charges, an allegation he denied in court.

He said Chitsinde had also bewitched his brother’s wife. Asked if he had proof of that, Gumbura said he had the evidence that in 1980, Chitsinde went to Nigeria where he reportedly sacrificed his brother’s wife.

He said the uniform evidence given by the witnesses, shows that they were coached on what to say in court.

Further probed on the security men at his house, Gumbura said it was for his protection during the time he was campaigning for the July 31 elections as Mabvuku House of Assembly candidate for Zanu PF.

He said the security personnel remains stationed at his house.

Gumbura said he has not paid bride price to four of his wives, adding that all his spouses loved him.
“My wives jostle to see me, every day they come to see me in remand prison, when they bring me food,” Gumbura said.

However, Murombedzi said there was evidence that his women actually had to make a written application to watch television, which shows that they feared him.

Murombedzi questioned why Gumbura was committing people in the hands of the Satan, if he was not a devil worshipper.

Gumbura retorted that he believed in God.

Comments (23)

Hats off to the leading investigator and the prosecution team.Well done.Come 8 January 2014, Gumbura will have to embrace prison life for the next 50 years.His younger brothers should come up with a strategy for feeding the 30+ kids.Martin was starving his church members by squandering their hard earned monies with prostitutes in hotels such as Miekles, Jameson, etc.What goes around comes around.

Kizito - 21 December 2013

STAY IN LINE THE VOICE OF THE PROPHET CRIED : YOU SHALL REAP WHAT SOW.

REPENT OR PERISH - 21 December 2013

THE HEAVENS DO RULE : HIS EYE IS UPON THE SPARROW: THIS GREAT EYE IS WATCHING YOU. HE WHO KNOWS THE NUMBERS OF STARS & EVEN KNOW THEIR NAMES, HE DOESN'T SLEEP NEITHER SLUMBER, LETS TREAD OUR FEET CAREFULLY REDEEMING THE TIME BECOZ THE DAYS ARE EVIL.

REPENT OR PERISH - 21 December 2013

LET THIS BE A STEPPING STONE ,AS AN ENSAMPLE TO A THOROUGH INROSPECTION THOSE WHO THINK THEIR EVILS WONT CATCH UP WITH THEM. SOBER UP ITS WAKE UP CALL. WARNING THEN JUDGEMENT COMES

REPENT OR PERISH - 21 December 2013

Please release all those who are kept in captives by Gumbura especially the little children they need to go to School. Also need to go descent Churches.

mercy Mutyambizi - 21 December 2013

http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2013/03/07/zanu-pf-disowns-gumbura

Gumbura pf - 21 December 2013

http://www.zbc.co.zw/news-categories/local-news/12721-start-income-generating-projects.html

Gumbu h - 21 December 2013

Nowhere to run to, VaGumbura wee. You enjoyed ur tym now it is payback time. The Lord would never tolerate the way you used his name to do such heinous acts against innocent women and children. Hell is also awaiting you

Shepherd Tachiwona - 22 December 2013

The magistrate/judge dealing with this case should give a sentence which clearly shows the world that we do not condone santanism here in Zimbabwe.

Gollie - 22 December 2013

Gordon Chitsinde is a true man of God. Don't implicate him and dream that you will run away from ur issues, u denied the word of God and used it to suit ur lustorous desires, u have enjoyed urself for so long and it is now time to pay back. Better u repent in prison whilest grace is still with us else u will also face it on judgment day. You have led so many people astray and commited some into the hands of ur master (the devil), now ur master, the devil wants to finish u in prison, remember madzibaba Nzira, u have no time, repent or perish.

munhuwashe - 23 December 2013

It my hope and, I am sure, of many other Zimbabweans that this sexually perverse maniac who masqueraded as a pastor will given a due sentence in tandem with the psychological, sexual, emotional, social and physical torture he has inflicted on women and indeed men. The likes of him are agents of darkness, working to blemish and taint Christianity. He is not a Christianity. He believes in some other god and not YHWH (Jehovah). Yet we are happy because he is an indicator of the last days as a false prophet.

DePhiri - 23 December 2013

May God be the judge.

baba samie - 23 December 2013

So thje trial is already over with no clear evidence of rape? While not condoning Gumbura';s actions there is no clear rape in this case.

Manje so - 24 December 2013

Gumbura afongorera museve

harare - 24 December 2013

ngaaende ngaaende

chapwati - 24 December 2013

All things being one wonders how these women could be raped so many times, they are mere gold diggers who were scorned & now want to see this man suffering. Didn't these people have brains to think & reason?

Tee - 26 December 2013

All things being one wonders how these women could be raped so many times, they are mere gold diggers who were scorned & now want to see this man suffering. Didn't these people have brains to think & reason?

Tee - 26 December 2013

Pastor Gumbura was unlucky to be caught red handed, otherwise the same crime is happening in most of the churches and they go unreported because of fear. Mwari ndiye ega anoziva. The judgement day is coming.

Sekuru Chakuchichi Botaremhunga - 26 December 2013

anzwa bata

george - 27 December 2013

anzwa bata

george - 27 December 2013

anzwa bata

george - 27 December 2013

Besides rapes how much money is being made by these so called prophets. Just have a look at their life styles. God - gold. Mari - mwari?????

henure - 27 December 2013

Gumbura did not commit a CRIME. YES HE COMMITTED A SIN. Jus the same as the women accussing him

malcom - 30 December 2013

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