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‘Rapist’ Pastor Gumbura owns every woman in his church, court told

By Philip Chidavaenzi

HARARE regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya yesterday heard that Pastor Robert Martin Gumbura of the RMG Independent End Time Message Church had given himself the authority to have sex with any female congregant of his choice in his church regardless of their marital status and could “loan” them out to their husbands, but still retain certain rights.

Pastor Robert Martin Gumbura’s 11 wives at the house they share in Marlborough
Pastor Robert Martin Gumbura’s 11 wives at the house they share in Marlborough

A former church member, Innocent Nehohwa, told the court during Gumbura’s rape trial that women in the church were given away to their husbands as a “loan”, but Gumbura could still exercise certain rights over them.

Nehohwa, who now leads his own breakaway church — End Time Message — said he was publicly rebuked after he confronted Gumbura over the issue of sexual abuse of female members. He said Gumbura described him as Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon who rebelled and established his own kingdom.

He said Gumbura was viewed as God in the church and indoctrinated his followers into believing that God directly communicated with him and gave him authority to do as he pleased. He said the church had songs composed in praise of Gumbura.

Nehohwa said when his mother died in 2010, his brother — who is still a member of Gumbura’s church — never attended the funeral because members had been taught to sever all ties with their family members if they belonged to other religious denominations.

As Nehohwa gave his testimony, Gumbura followed proceedings from the dock where he appeared quite relaxed in his khaki prison garb and unkempt hair. He occasionally shook his head or laughed as the stunning allegations were made against him.

During cross-examination by Gumbura’s lawyer, Rekai Maphosa, Nehohwa disputed assertions that the church leader was being persecuted by his rivals.

“The accused person is not being persecuted. He is being prosecuted,” he said.

Nehohwa said congregants were shown a film about James Warren Jones, the cult leader of the Temple Church in the 1960s in California who had several adulterous relationships and disrupted members’ family bonds and made himself the father of all his congregants.

Another witness narrated how she was allegedly sexually abused at Gumbura’s Marlborough house after having gone to collect R500 sent to her by her South Africa-based husband.

She told the court that Gumbura told her that her husband did not love her, which was why the second wife was spending more time with him in South Africa while he neglected sending her money.

She said Gumbura told her he could offer her accommodation, money and sex because he was her “burden bearer”. He said the pastor assured her there was nothing wrong with his proposal because in the Bible, David was called a man after God’s heart although he had an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba.

She said Gumbura started licking her neck, cheeks and ears before raping her. After the rape, she said, Gumbura ordered her not to disclose what had happened because it would destroy her marriage and she would go insane once she reached menopause.

The third witness yesterday testified in camera and the trial continues today. NewsDay

  • Lisa

    Thus silly,this women their jus being stupid really,moreover they look younger”.

  • Chiredzisister

    Zvikafu zvapastor zvese izvi. Pindai henyu mapentecost enyu aya. Chihure chega chega. Mari dzevanhu muchidya. Ivo vanhu vachinyanyawo kuti church dzatangwa mhomhanyira. Muchakwigwa mukati baba. Izvo zvirwere muchingozorana. Go back to traditional churches please?

  • Thumani

    This guy should not be a Pastor

    • Concrete Fact

      bt he is already a pastor..ma1

  • Jonas

    Vakadzi ava vanoshoresa vakadzi vese and chinonyanya kundirwadza that includes my mother.It now seems as if woman do not have brains all because of these lazy and superstitious women.

  • Dog Star

    I have a feeling all these allegations are false. Kune nhamo mu Harare. All these women are intelligent and mature enough to know when they are being abused. There is no need to being in God here. These women wanted money, Gumbura’s bank account went dry, now they are reporting him as a rapist. Bloody morons these women!

  • Charity Mazhindu

    Wapusa wapusa

  • Satan Tasa
    • Shokod

      Ahhhh, this guy is bad#ss. Ndatya naye!

  • Wasu

    What has not been established from all these women victims is whether the alleged rapist used a condom……Kana anga achingorova nyoro chances are that he is HIV positive and that he infected the entire church congregation…The state should conduct mandatory HIV testing for this guy coz mhosva dzake dzakawandisa and many a families are bound to be seriously affected….I guess there are lots of women in the church who have chosen to keep quiet because they fear marriage breakdowns if their hubbies get to know their wives’ secrets!!!!!! how many of the congregants kids are “pastor’s offsprings????????
    Marriage institution????????????????………..zvakaoma shuwa…..I guess the saying what you don’t know doesn’t hurt!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Concrete Fact

      yu ryt coz sure kana murume akaziva kut mukadz wake akakwirwa ka!!!panoita noise and haa pane basa panyaya iyi..ma1

  • Gombiro

    Matuzvi evakadzi .Kuchikoro makaramba kuenda ,vamwe vakadzi vasina chkoro vakuita mabasa anemusoro imi muchihungana mubarika kuda mari yasexson gumbura AIDS yakauya iyi !!! MUNONYANGADZA .