'My wife slept with Gumbura'

HARARE - A disgruntled man has accused his wife of having sexual intercourse with jailed Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura and seven other church members.

Romeo Ezra yesterday told Harare Civil Court magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami that his wife, Octavia was told by church members to confess that she had an affair with Gumbura.

Ezra also told the court that his wife has been hiding her HIV status until one of their children told him that she was taking tablets.

He revealed this after Octavia dragged him before the court seeking a protection order.

Octavia claims Ezra humiliates her in front of their children.

“She is an Independent End Time Message member and was having extra-marital affairs with eight church members including their pastor, Gumbura, the one in jail,” Ezra said.

He added: “Her pastor (Gumbura) told me that my wife was writing letters to him complaining about our marriage.

“According to their church principles, they are not allowed to watch television and listen to radio but she keeps a lot of End Time Message DVDs which she watches on her laptop.

“One day, I asked her to fetch water for me and I played the CDs only to find out that they were pornographic CDs.

My house is now full of those CDs and cassettes and everything in our house has been put under the church.”

However, Octavia refuted her husband’s claims but said she was only human and could date whoever she wanted.

She said that Ezra deserted her and the children five years ago, only to come and harass her in the presence of the children.

Octavia said her husband tells her friends that she is a prostitute and should be careful when talking to her. She wanted Ezra to be barred from their matrimonial house and her workplace.

Ezra said Octavia burnt all his engineering books claiming they were evil.

He said Octavia told him that she was given Gumbura as her spiritual father by church members but scolds her mother using obscene words.

“She has demons and I once witnessed it in her church. She keeps a knife and an axe behind the wardrobe and she told me that if I remove them ndinoita chimukuyu (I will die). After all this, the pastor (Gumbura) even told me to visit her at her workplace saying he had exorcised the demons,” Ezra said.

Muvhami ordered Ezra not to verbally and physically abuse his wife, further instructing the man to observe peace with his wife.

Comments (10)

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Chidondova - 14 April 2014

How on earth do you guys continue to lie. Surely, if Journalists are being used this way to character assassinate and spread falsehoods, they should face the wrath of the Law. I NOW support Minister Mnangagwa on this one because of poor and criminal journalism at prowl. Never one time did Apostle Gumbura taught not to watch TVs and to possess Pornographic material. Pastor Gumbura NEVER had any congregants by the name Romeo Ezra and Octavia. Journalist Ivan Zhakata, tell the Nation the TRUTH on this one before we sue you. Tell us the place where the two were congregating from. All congregants for RMG IETMM are known by name by other congregants, thats the level of familyhood the Church had. NEVER EVER LIE and think you get away with it, NEVER!!

Disgruntled Congregant - 14 April 2014

I urge disgruntled congregant to re-read the story above. I'm not sure if I missed the part where the journalist is "character assassinating Gumbura as well as spreading falsehoods in the story above story. Further, the author never said Ezra was an RGM member but the wife. what if the Daily news can produce evidence from the Court of Law that indeed the said couple's case was heard and the wife claims to be an RGM. in any case, empty vessels ........... Why make noise in the paper. Act.

Wellie - 14 April 2014

@Wellie, vasvotwa nei iwe nja sungatA! We already through with the other four falsehoods, watch this space! No journalist who spread falsehoods will escape these damage claims. We echo that there was and is NO congregants under RMG as Romeo Ezra and Octavia. The journalist MUST produce the evidence from the Courts. Its not only the Journalist under question but Romeo Ezra as well. Nonsense work of the CIO!

No to Falsehoods! - 15 April 2014

Traditional churches' doors are still open and you are all welcome. Leave these fly by night churches that have rapists and thieves masquerading as pastors.

Dr Know - 16 April 2014

Dr Know you need to be careful with some of the traditional churches which have homosexual pastors. you will be sexually abused and your children. Just pray for guidance from God.

hokoyo - 17 April 2014

Gumbura must be executed because he is not fit to be near any human being not even fellow inmates. This man has destroyed homes and lives. To his wives I say " yu are a disgrace to womanhood"

COBRA - 20 April 2014

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