Polygamy is fine — Gumbura's wives

HARARE - Jailed Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura’s 11 wives (pictured) have said that there is nothing wrong with polygamy, denying claims that they were brainwashed by the famous pastor.
Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday this week at their Marlborough home, the women claimed that their husband, who is currently serving 40 years in prison for rape, respected them.

ONE HAPPY FAMILY: All eleven of Robert Gumbura's wives outise their family home in Malborough. Pic: Annie Mpalume

His third wife Tecla denied the general’s public sentiment that they were brainwashed.

“People are saying we are brainwashed, but we are not. The problem is that there is quite a number of us staying here together as Gumbura’s wives, but people should stop trying to manage our lives,” Tecla said.

She said that there was nothing wrong with polygamy.

“Barika rakanaka (polygamy is good), because children will not suffer. In our case, all the children are here at one place and it’s good for all of us to know each other,” she said.

She said in their case, Gumbura provided for all his children in the same way.

“According to us, they (members of the public) are the ones who are brainwashed,” Tecla said.

The women sensationally claimed that it was clear that all married men had “small houses” but said that Gumbura was different in that he brought his wives together.

His second wife Queen said that men were into several women. “It is our society, which does not accept it, but I am still to see a man without a ‘small house’. I think Gumbura respected us,” she said.

She said men were fond of polygamy but were only limited by their wives who would not accept such an arrangement. She however, said that did not stop men from having extra-marital affairs.

“Barika rakatonakira madzimai (polygamy is good for women),” she said, adding that if a man really loved his wife he would introduce her to his “small house”. She said that the man would provide for the women as his wives. Queen told the Daily News on Sunday that polygamy has been in existence since time immemorial.

“Polygamy has been there traditionally and even in the Bible,” she said. Gumbura’s other wife Amadeus, said that she fell in love with Gumbura, fully aware of his polygamous marriage.

She said that it was not proper for one to criticise a neighbour’s way of handling issues, just because he or she does not practice the same at his or her house.

During the interview, the women vowed to remain faithful to their husband, adding that they were going to wait until the day Gumbura would be released from prison. They said they held regular prayers seeking Gumbura’s release from prison. They rubbished rumours that they could possibly be cheating on their husband.

“Vanhu vanonokerwa, ndofunga tiri kubhowa vanhu vakawanda, vavengi vababa (people are becoming impatient and have been riled up by our posture to wait for our husband, including his enemies).

“We are going to prove to them that it is a lie that you cannot wait for your husband once he has been sent to jail,” Queen said. She said that the two years that Gumbura has been in jail had not pushed them into seeing other men. One of the wives Pretty said: “I believe life is a field of unlimited possibilities, it can’t be an obstacle in our case.” 

Expressing their undying love to Gumbura, the women religiously followed proceedings of their husband’s trial from the first day, until his conviction and subsequent sentencing.

Comments (25)

polygamy yakashata pasi nayo

benjie - 16 November 2015

polygamy yakashata pasi nayo

benjie - 16 November 2015

Mahure ese akaona panemari anongobvuma zvese zvese.Hardwork is not synonymous with this group.

Guranyanga - 16 November 2015

Gumbura has made you to believe that there is no man without a small house - that's brain washing and you don't realise it. I am a man and for your own information, there are a lot of man without small houses.

Open Eye - 17 November 2015

Coming from some of the women that many men do in fact have girlfriends....is it not worth thinking about rather than brush it aside and say its brain washing?

Nhume - 17 November 2015

Coming from some of the women that many men do in fact have girlfriends....is it not worth thinking about rather than brush it aside and say its brain washing?

Nhume - 17 November 2015

I believe everyone is free to do whatever he / she wants in a democracy as long as it is lawful. However I would like to commend these women for their steadfastness and faithfulness under these very difficult circumstances.

Tafadzwa - 17 November 2015

its unfortunate that when you are brainwashed you do not realise it.Unenge uchiti ndiri bhoo.kkkk

tsoka - 17 November 2015

i dont think calling these women mahure is the right thing to do. Its clear in the new testament Paul teaches one woman one man hence it becomes adultery from wife No.2 going upwards. I dont think giving them names is anyone places but instead to share the truth of the bible and leave Judgement to God.

tongogara - 18 November 2015

If it is coming from them(wives) that men do have small houses,what stops some of them or rather all of them to have extra marital affairs.

Murambwa - 18 November 2015

the new testament did not say u shld not hv many wives unless if u r a church leader.

tender - 18 November 2015

This is crazy ! Arguably the worst marital madness of our time. It is akin to taking us back to the 13th century and should be condemned with the contempt that it deserves..

Reason Manyanga - 18 November 2015

if these wives are 35yrs or 40yrs old plus 40 ,then bad luck.

FUNNY - 19 November 2015

bible does not teach that. if a person wants to have many wives let it be. if women want it thus good

buja365 - 21 November 2015

ko kuzonyora pa picture ndokuita sei ? handisati ndambo zviona pa news24.com or bbc.com

sky - 23 November 2015

GOD APPROVES 1 WIFE 1 HUSBAND Mark 10:6-10 6 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Hebrews 13:4-5 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Believer - 23 November 2015

Malachi2v15. Marriage is God`s establishment,and not man`s invention. One man one woman is God`s ideal for marriage;any other way is man`s rebellious invention.

Onward - 24 November 2015

To those who are negatively critizing these women I say leave them alone. If they were not forced into marrying their love of life, and they are happy in their lives, who are you to rubbish their decisions ? Some of you are quoting verses in the Bible as though this is a template for people`s lives. Remember the rot in the Catholic Church by those who claim to eat and breathe the Bible. Hamufundi makaita seiiko imwi vanhu ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 24 November 2015

Izvi zvine mweya yetsvina

eddie - 9 December 2015

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