Missing record stalls Gumbura bail hearing

HARARE - The hearing on jailed Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura’s bail application has been deferred to next Friday, after it emerged that there were missing documents pertaining to a record of proceedings from the magistrates’ court.

Gumbura’s lawyer Rekai Maposa said the case had to be moved further to allow her to put the record in order. She said this soon after the matter was heard in High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa’s chambers.

“The record is not in order; some portions of evidence are missing from the application.

“So we have to go back to Rotten Row (Harare Magistrates’ Courts) to put the record in order to allow the judge to fully comprehend the matter,” Maposa said.

She made an undertaking to the court that all the details would be available by next week on Tuesday, before the matter was heard on Friday.

In the application for bail, Maposa claims that the conviction and sentence was a misdirection, adding that her client was not a flight risk, while prosecutor Editor Mavuto says there is nothing wrong with the sentence imposed.

Gumbura who is currently serving a 40-year prison term, approached the High Court for bail pending appeal, after his earlier attempt hit a brick wall at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.

Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya said he had no jurisdiction to decide on the matter.

He said the 57 year-old pastor was convicted of a serious offence and hence he had no jurisdiction to handle the bail application. Bail applications for serious offences fall under the High Court jurisdiction.

Gumbura was convicted on four counts of raping church congregants.

The controversial pastor is yet to stand trial in another rape case involving a South Africa-based woman, who was not available when trial on the other matters commenced on December 20 last year.

Trial in the matter will begin on Monday.

Comments (9)

Gumbura is still not a rapist but a conman. People should read the Word of God so that they don't strip in front of men. Just because he has opened the bible you open your legs eh.

maita - 30 March 2014

maposa, stop being advocates for man of God, because they have an advocate who is Jesus. If the man of the cloth is clean, the angels will come from heaven and set him free like they did to paul and silas, in the lions den and in the fire! Why do you want dirty money? Iwe gumbura garamo! Kana waunonamata ari Mwari chaiye, haufanire kubvisa mari, haufanire kumiririrwa uye rumbidza Mwari urimo. Pupura Jesu urimo.

think - 31 March 2014

iwe gumbura uchatinetsa.vharirwa.waidashura vana vevanhu wavakuramba kudashurwawo muchikurubi.iwee

musoja - 31 March 2014

Natural herbs please assist, my vagina valve is too big that man are not feeling it. Any solution kadzokewoka sekevadiki

nhengo yakazvimiririra - 1 April 2014

When we start hearing about missing documents we get real worried, someone is working hard to get this evil lustful pastor back into society. Heavens help us all.

Dr Know - 1 April 2014

please psmas is at it again.lies friday mari inopinda until today What is that to service provider.if the panel running this is comming from gvt,very lazzy people and know it all

polika - 1 April 2014

please psmas is at it again.lies friday mari inopinda until today What is that to service provider.if the panel running this is comming from gvt,very lazzy people and know it all

polika - 1 April 2014

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