Gumbura set to appeal: Lawyer

HARARE - Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura will appeal against his conviction and a 40-year prison term imposed for raping female congregants, his lawyer has confirmed.

Rekai Maposa told the Daily News yesterday that she was currently working on an appeal against the ruling by regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya.

“Obviously, I am going to file an appeal against both conviction and sentence,” Maposa said, adding that she hoped to file the documents by next week.

Gumbura was convicted on four counts of rape and contravening the Censorship Act.

On Monday, Mujaya sentenced the 57-year-old pastor to 15 years each on the first two counts, while he was sentenced to 10 years on each of the other two counts. From the total of 50 years, Mujaya suspended 10 years.

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 counts.

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 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,” Mujaya said, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that the survivors receive counselling.

Prosecutor Jonathan Murombedzi had urged the court to impose a life sentence or at least 25 years for each count.

Meanwhile, Gumbura is still to stand another rape trial, following rape allegations filed by a South Africa-based woman.

The woman failed to appear in court on December 9 last year, when trial involving the other women kicked off at the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

While trial in the matter is set to begin on March 31, High Court Judge Esther Muremba has since dismissed Gumbura’s bail appeal.

Comments (10)

He should serve life for this disgusting behaviour. Why should anyone defend such a sick pervert?

dr kiskiss - 6 February 2014

It's high time that the Lord Jesus should appear with His angels for us living in this corrupt Zimbabwe generation. There nothing disgusting in having sex and with many women. If sex with multiple women is disgusting, lets take all Apostolic sects, Government Officials, ACCZ President and many dignitaries to Chikurubi Maximum Prison. If the President and the ZANU-PF Politibro does not correct the Gumbura Case once and for all and set the tone for the total emancipation of men and freedom of human sexual behaviour, I tell you ALL MEN will face the music soon!! Iyi yakakora, makabata live wire!!

Lord Jesus come now and quickly. - 6 February 2014

Considering the evidence given by the victims and the reasons that they feared to be delivered to the devil, a competent judge, and not a confused magistrate, will acquit Gumbura. The magistrate clearly failed to follow the book, but he was busy thinking of church politics and not criminal law.

reason - 6 February 2014

There is another pervert at Victory Church International based at Market House. Uyu manje anodashura kupfuura Gumbura wenyu.

Sizler Kalonji - 6 February 2014

God will expose all the false Prophets who prey on their flock, all women be alert do not lose your salvation because of money , do not be deceived, you can be in charge of your own destiny. As much as Gumbura"s wives look smart outside, there are torn within . Women be warned but those who call upon the name of God shall be protected.

Muprofita - 7 February 2014

Pane mumwezve Madzibaba wepaNewlands ap .He commands a huge foolowing but anokwapaidza uyu manje vakadzi vevanhu chaivo. Ende haamisi iyeye zita tinaro hatitaure. Ari prdyo pedyo neSmart car Sale, the Car Sale takananga kuBon Marche yemuEastlea. Be careful women akakushandirai mheno zvenyu kuyeuchidzana che.

Jonsayi - 7 February 2014

Women zivai shoko ra Mwari, hakuna dambudziko rinoenda nekurarwa newe, kana kubatwa zvisakarurama semukadzi. Mabvi ako ndiwo anokupa kundiso, udza Mwari zvichemo zvako. Tererai madzimai, tererai.

Muprofita - 7 February 2014

Pane umwe madzibaba akandishandira kuti ndifarire bonde nekuti nhengo yangu yairamba iri dry saka ndaibuda ropa. Akandirara zvake but ndava kufila bho-o.

Joyce - 7 February 2014

Pane umwe madzibaba akandishandira kuti ndifarire bonde nekuti nhengo yangu yairamba iri dry saka ndaibuda ropa. Akandirara zvake but ndava kufila bho-o.

Joyce - 7 February 2014

@Joice uri zideamon zihombe hauoni kuti uri satan chaiye pauri ipapo

simpy - 7 February 2014

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