Churches hail Gumbura judgment

HARARE - Churches have welcomed the 40-year jail term handed to Independent End Time Message Church founder Robert Martin Gumbura for rape, saying all evil elements in God’s house should be weeded out.

Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, president of Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ), who raised alarm on Gumbura’s sexcapades, was the first to hail his incarceration as good for the church.

“It is called the prison and correctional services. We believe that the 40 years is sufficient to rehabilitate him. If God has mercy on him he would come out of jail a reformed man,” Ndanga said.

“We never wanted him killed but we were saying no to thugs masquerading as pastors. It is wrong for people to use the word of God to fool congregants. We say no to false prophets.

“We are seeing more and more pastors being arrested for rape and this is wrong.

“Recently, a Kadoma pastor was arrested for rape. This is tarnishing God’s church and it’s wrong. All these false prophets should be removed from society.”

Ndanga, whose organisation suspended the Independent End Time Message Church from worshipping, said they would review the suspension.

“Now that Gumbura has been convicted by the court of law, we are going to sit down and review the matter. It’s either we are going to ban it or allow it to continue with their services, albeit with no Gumbura doctrine,” Ndanga said.

Pastor Alec Mutimba of Apostolic Faith Mission said he was happy that the law  took its course.

“The bible tells us that each man’s work shall be shown by his fruits,” Mutimba said.

“Gumbura’s fruits revealed that he was not working for God. Fortunately, the law of the land exposed and punished him."

“Romans chapter 13 verses 1 and 2 speak of the rulers being terror unto evil deeds and we are happy that the law of the land took its course and sent him to jail for 40 years.

“We thank God that his church remains untainted and undefiled because Gumbura’s agenda had nothing to do with the body of Christ.”

Gumbura was this week jailed for 40 years following his conviction on four counts of rape and contravening the Censorship Act.

Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya sentenced the 57-year-old pastor to 30 years in prison on the first two counts of rape, while he got 20 years on the other two counts.

From the total of 50 years, Mujaya suspended 10 years on condition of good behaviour.

A further four months, which are to run concurrently with the 40-year prison term, were added on the charge of possessing pornographic material.

Gumbura, who initially faced nine counts of rape, was acquitted on the other five.

In passing sentence, Mujaya said Gumbura was a “wolf in a sheep skin” who preyed on girls and women to gain sexual favours.

“The core business of the church is worshipping, not sleeping with girls or women and threatening them, claiming misfortunes would befall them,” Mujaya said.

“The victims must have been psychologically affected. They are going to suffer trauma and stigmatisation,” the regional magistrate said, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that the survivors receive counselling.

Comments (6)

Mujaya said Gumbura was a “wolf in a sheep skin” who preyed on girls and women to gain sexual favours." Oh what a stupid magistrate, he became jealousy of Gumbura and convicted him of the sexual favours, The justice system has gone to the dogs. I am not a Gumbura follower but with these kind of kangarooo courts, i am left with nothing except to sympathise with Gumbura.

reason - 6 February 2014

“The core business of the church is worshipping, not sleeping with girls or women and threatening them, claiming misfortunes would befall them,” Mujaya said. Mujaya failed to carry out his work. Ndanga you are not far from falling in your own pit. You divorced your first wife and now we don't even know which woman you are bedding and you think you are God's camera over other Churches, Just watch the drama and film. You are next in line.

Ndanga, shame! - 6 February 2014

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Gumbura - 7 February 2014

What goes around comes around. I feel pity for his children, unfortunate victims of this conviction. Hopefully the state has a provision to fend for these kids as indirectly we may be sitting on a time bomb should they come of age.

Munhu - 7 February 2014

What goes around comes around. I feel pity for his children, unfortunate victims of this conviction. Hopefully the state has a provision to fend for these kids as indirectly we may be sitting on a time bomb should they come of age.

Munhu - 7 February 2014

Though Gumbura did bad in the church but the women are also to be blamed they were in agreement with his evil deeds ko zvaipa papi nhasi

pee cee - 12 February 2014

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