Gumbura wives' porn material slammed

HARARE - Nude pictures that were found at convicted Independent End Time Church founder Robert Martin Gumbura’s residence were an assault on local customs and traditions, a Harare magistrate heard yesterday.

During the trial of eight women from Gumbura’s church — inclusive of his wives — which was heard before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe, State witness Heyi James Malaba, the chairperson of the National Censorship Board, condemned the pornographic material.

Choice Neganye, 32, Amadeus Mutakwa, 32, Rutendo Sekai Mandiya, 28, Pamela Kandawire, 27, Runyararo Musvosvi, 27, Veronica Mbanga, 27 Tendai Kwatara, 34 and Moreblessing Takawira, 35, all denied contravening the Censorship Act.

The 93-year-old National Censorship Board chairperson was asked by prosecutor Michael Reza to review and comment on the obscene pictures.

Reza produced photographs of the women, striking different poses while parading their naked bodies.

Malaba said: “These pictures are very disgraceful, and of pornographic nature. Our culture and tradition would not accept this.” He said Gumbura’s women had violated the Constitution by producing pictures of that nature.

“If pornographic pictures are viewed with a second element, they cease to be private and become crime. It actually becomes a violation of the Constitution,” he said.

In their defence outline, the women said the allegations were propelled by Gumbura’s adversaries, who wanted to make sure that he goes to prison with his wives.

Their lawyer Rekai Maposa told the court the women took each other photographs out of fun and for personal consumption and never disseminated the pictures.

Maposa claims that no offence was committed because the police discovered the pictures in a private room, locked up in a cupboard.

According to State papers, the women were allegedly found in possession of 16 pornographic DVDs and 57 photographs of themselves nude, following a police raid.

The women were arrested after police officers received information claiming incidences of child abuse at Number 6 Helena Close, Marlborough, Harare, the court heard.

Comments (5)

There is no law against what the women did but there should be a law against what the police did. The police confisticated private material and displayed it for all the world to see. It's like sex is public is illegal but in the privacy of your own home it's another story..

The One - 6 February 2014

Why is pokello , stunner, and Tino katsande walking free after their porn videos are in the hands of even street kids. One now starts to believe Gumbura is being persecuted for his wealth and stylish love life which the magistrates and Police can't afford.

reason - 6 February 2014

Come on DailyNews, you keep making the same mistake. Are you sure the chairperson of the sensorship board is 93 years old? A reader alerted you to this anomaly some time ago.Don't you have proof readers there?

Johno - 6 February 2014

"Malaba said: “These pictures are very disgraceful, and of pornographic nature. Our culture and tradition would not accept this.” He said Gumbura's women had violated the Constitution by producing pictures of that nature." Which section of the constitution do they violate considereing they were taken in secret and kept away in their lockers, mukasecha maphone edu muchaona tiri naked motisunga? Ndo constitution yatakati yes here iyi or it being abused because we have not read it all and understood it.

Maita Manyuka - 6 February 2014

To hell with this censorship board, i dont care who was in those pictures it is the prerogative of an individual to have pictures of him or her taken whilst nude or in pyjamas or in those let me call them English like the likes of ROBERT MUGAGE, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI and most guys put on. Noone i believe has no right whatsoever to dictate to the other how to sit, who to interact with,what to wear , or how to pose for a picture. This censorship board is the one that is violating the constitution by trying to force other people to live according to the dictates of other people with a holier than thou attitude.

FARAYI MHERE - 7 February 2014

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