Gumbura has case to answer

HARARE - Convicted Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura has a case to answer on his fresh rape charge, a Harare magistrate said yesterday.

Magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni dismissed Gumbura’s application for discharge at the close of the State case because a prima facie case has been proved against him.

She said the State had managed to prove essential elements of the charge, proving that Gumbura and his secretary Tendayi Ganyani connived to commit the offence.

“The court is asking itself whether there was consent at the material time,” she said.

“In the current case, the issue is whether accused persons aided each other. A prima facie case was proved and therefore their application is dismissed.”

The matter will proceed with the defence case on July 23.

Gumbura, who is currently serving a 40-year jail sentence, is jointly charged with Ganyani, who allegedly aided and abetted him in committing the offence.

Prosecutor Kudzai Chigwedere closed the state case after leading evidence from four witnesses.

Chigwedere alleged that the 57-year-old literally adopted the woman in question as his child and was responsible for her school fees and general upkeep.

The court heard that in 2009, the woman was summoned by Ganyani to Gumbura’s office.

Upon arrival, Ganyani went out and locked the door from outside, leaving her in Gumbura’s company.

Gumbura allegedly raped the woman, before threatening to curse her if she ever reported the matter.

After the incident, the court heard that Gumbura phoned Ganyani to return to the office and unlock the door.

Comments (11)

Is it just a coincidence or something is fishy here that most rape cases are presided over by women magistrates?? Remember that other lady magistrate (Prati or something like that) who used to send to jail every man remotely accused of rape until the authorities removed her.

Watcher - 16 July 2014

Zvakatonaka kuti mutongi wedzimhosva dzekubinya dzitongwe nevanhu kadzi nokuti wano nwisisa kuti apa pakabvumiranwa here kana kuti kwete wachishandisa ruziwo rwawo semadzimai. Siyayi zvakadaro Gumbura nachingayi.

mambo - 16 July 2014

Zvakatonaka kuti mutongi wedzimhosva dzekubinya dzitongwe nevanhu kadzi nokuti wano nwisisa kuti apa pakabvumiranwa here kana kuti kwete wachishandisa ruziwo rwawo semadzimai. Siyayi zvakadaro Gumbura nachingayi.

mambo - 16 July 2014

Gersham Pasi is gearing up the tax collection drive to get more money so that among other services, criminals in prisons like Gumbura can be fed. Gumbura must stop wasting more of the tax payer's money through court sittings where he continues to deny rape charges which he knows fully well he committed.

Dr Know - 16 July 2014

message to those who manipulate the work of God to bring disrepute in churches. its very unfortunate that those that deemed senior position in church , sometimes abuse gullible church members hiding in the name Jesus and , or God. the society expose such opportunists and sham them.

kunzima - 17 July 2014

message to those who manipulate the work of God to bring disrepute in churches. its very unfortunate that those that deemed senior position in church , sometimes abuse gullible church members hiding in the name Jesus and , or God. the society expose such opportunists and sham them.

kunzima - 17 July 2014

message to those who manipulate the work of God to bring disrepute in churches. its very unfortunate that those that deemed senior position in church , sometimes abuse gullible church members hiding in the name Jesus and , or God. the society expose such opportunists and sham them.

kunzima - 17 July 2014

message to those who manipulate the work of God to bring disrepute in churches. its very unfortunate that those that deemed senior position in church , sometimes abuse gullible church members hiding in the name Jesus and , or God. the society expose such opportunists and sham them.

kunzima - 17 July 2014

Gumbura zvizive kuti mwari haatambwinaye. Woyambirawo vamwe vako vachirikuzviita kuti kwauri hakudzokwi nemhobwe

bln - 17 July 2014

ANZWA BUTTTER GUMBU

ndni - 18 July 2014

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