21 hearts pound for jailed Gumbura

By Ruth Butaumocho

He may be serving a 40-year prison term for rape, but his love life has not been affected. If events witnessed at the ongoing Family week at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison are anything to go by, then convicted rapist, Robert Martin Gumbura’s polygamous marriage to 21 beautiful women is far from over. Although Gumbura is living his life on the other side, and will most likely spend his last days in jail, his 21 wives – nine of whom are still to bear him children – still stand by him, four years after his incarceration.

Gumbura with his wives, children and relatives during the family week visit at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison . – Picture by Innocent Makawa
Gumbura with his wives, children and relatives during the family week visit at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison . – Picture by Innocent Makawa

The wives have remained loyal to their marriage vows and will not be leaving any time soon, so they say. During a visit to the prison yesterday, Gumbura could be seen revelling in the company of 17 of his wives and his four young children. Four of his wives, who were not present, were said to be engaged in family errands and preparing to bring 34 of his children and eight grandchildren to visit him today (Saturday).

“My wives and the whole family will not desert me. I am still the man of the house,” a beaming Gumbura declared during an interview at the prison. Gumbura said his polygamous marriage had stood the test of time, owing to Biblical teachings that he imparted to his wives, when he was still the founder and pastor of RMG Independent End Time Message.

“I taught them to understand that although they were many, they were one and I was their only husband”

“Mukuvadzidzisa kwandakaita, ndakavarakidza zvavana Dhavidhi zviya, zvavana mambo Solomon. Vakaverenga vega ndokubva vajekerwa nenyaya yacho, vakabva vaibata, yakadaro,” (I shared with them different narratives from the Bible ranging from that of King David and King Solomon. They also read and understood the teachings) Gumbura added that his wives chose to ignore different social interpretations of the Bible that were often peddled on different forums.

Gumbura with his wives, children and relatives during the family week visit at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison . – Picture by Innocent Makawa

“They do not listen to these interpretations. I taught them well. They are a unified group, who are eager to remain as such. That alone has helped them to work on the farm and produce enough for their upkeep and the children. We used to produce 120 tonnes of maize every year in addition to the livestock and other produces we had on the farm. But now, they can only produce 20 tonnes. Do not forget that they are women and cannot do much,” he said. Gumbura said while the family could be facing challenges here and there owing to his absence, he had no reason to worry about any of his wives cheating on him. Even in his absence, Gumbura is certain that his flock will not stray. However like any man in his situation, Gumbura yearns to be intimate with his 21 wives.

“It has been four years and I have not been intimate with any of my wives. I yearn to play my part as their husband. It is expected of me. I applaud the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services for taking a positive approach in creating this platform where we can interact with our families. I hope they will go a step further and create a conducive environment where we can also be intimate with our wives. The Family Day is a nine-day event. If the opportunity was there, I would have been intimate with 18 of my wives, two on each day, during this period,” he said Gumbura’s second wife, known as Queen Bunga reiterated that none of the wives had any plans to abandon the marriage despite the challenges they were facing.

Jailed RMG Independent End Time Message church founder Robert Martin Gumbura poses for a photograph with his 17 wives and six children during a family day at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison yesterday. – Picture by John Manzongo

“We have not been intimate with baba for a long time but we will not stray. We are still guided by our marriage vows which implore us to be faithful no matter how difficult the circumstances can be,” she said. The family now hopes that the conviction would be set aside so that they can be reunited with their father. Gumbura was in 2014 sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was found guilty of four counts of rape involving three women and of possessing pornographic material.

Of the four counts of rape, the magistrate sentenced Gumbura to 50 years behind bars and four months for possession of pornographic material. Ten years of the term were set aside on condition of good behaviour and the four months will run concurrently with the 40 year jail term Gumbura unsuccessfully appealed against the conviction at the High Court. The Herald

  • pure madness

    • Benjamin Ncube

      They must leave this man alone and look after family.He must just enjoy his sex

  • Asaver mangani mujer macho kkkk huyai ndikuroorei panokugarira guyo sembwa mukabva apa mat takarepwa pwaaa kkkk puuu ndasvipa

    • Only 4 out of 40 years ! Hapabatwe zvokumanya , mushonga wega wega,runyoka tii,unonamira !

  • A n’anga in a priest’s clothing…

  • Haaa kkkkkk

  • Politics


  • Eish I don’t understand

  • Ndevake vese here avo?

  • Rega vakadzi vake vamboroorwao nevamwe

  • All kinds!!

  • Vachambodya zvakasara vozoenda zvavo esp vechidiki

  • Da kukwira chete

  • It can only be a cultist

  • Age+36years..hope he will go on parrol

    • Benjamin Ncube

      I agree, l will be the happiest man on earth, will.lauch a Free Gumbura campaign

  • Lol Tafara come and read majokosi aya

  • He has a gold mine that guy

  • Ayas umobva watoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei

  • Lies, lies & Iiars!

  • Genuine love… guy serving time for no crime committed. Hell hath no fury like a woman spurned

    • Is it genuine love Kudzi or there is still some cash around from the hubby’s business empire

  • Vakadzi vake vose avo for what purpose

  • Zvanzi ndiye mwari wedu

  • zvichanaka hazvo

  • Varume torai vakaita vadiki avo mongozoonesana naGumbs abuda

  • The power of the dark side!

  • Huzvanyiriri nyika yeZIMBABWE Regai munhu afare nemhuri yake hawu rape heee rape ko imi zvamurikuuraya muchatongwa rinhi uye nani?

  • That guy didn’t rape anyone, vakaona kwakarerekera weakness yake chete vakabva vamuisira riva segonzi

  • its amaizing

  • vakadyiswa

  • These ladies are crazy sure 20+ years wannar wait for a dude lol

  • Zimbabweans what’s wrong with you always support criminals that man deserves to be there

    • akaitei iko

    • Factually, he doesn’t deserve to be there. Morally what he did is unacceptable but it doesn’t constitute a crime

    • It seems you don’t know what a crime is

    • How can someone raped and come tomorrow for another rape. Wake up

    • I guess you don’t even know what really happened, it might happen that those people threatened somewhere somehow, it clearly shows that the man took advantage of vulnerable people maybe because of situation which is rape as well

    • Ndokusaka vachikwirirwa vakadzi vavo nema Pastor because they support stupid things. This man was bonking married women and young teenagers asi unoona munhu supporting him.

    • Taura hako Andile, i don’t like someone who feel sorry for a criminal over victims that’s nowadays muma church vanhu varikubatwa chibharo vamwe vanenge vatori padambudziko vachitoda rubatsiro munhu achivimba kuti munhu wamwari izvo aenda pa bhinya, taking advantage of someone’s situation to sleep with her is very bad

    • Gumbura Haana kuraper akaraper ndikereke

    • you definately don’t know what a crime is and you do not have the facts of the matter.it was not a matter heard by court yekwaSabhukuka you think munhu anongonzi 40 years from nowhere.let those who are knowledgable speak

    • Omie Road i don’t get your point? It’s just a mix up

  • zvezanu hazvidyiwe mahara uchabuda mugabe afa ,and all the ladies shame zvikomba zvanzwa nekutengerwa doro nemari yako

  • This is bullshit.They should just let the man go.If he’d been keeping all these women by force they’d b all gone by now

  • Someone educate me about this guy’s real crime. Whose toes did he step on

    • A vagina is not a toe ☹️

    • Ladies just love this man and all his rape stories are just hard to believe. He has 21 wives for crying out loud. And the pornography charges are just ridiculous, since 99% of Zimbos have porn in their phones. After that a 40 year sentence. Just does not add up

    • Sanderson Makombe its a toe, ‘camel toe’

    • looks like he hasnt commited any crime was just unfortunate

    • This guy stepoed on Mai mujurus etoes mazuva avanga vachine power. Remember blaz uyu aida kumboita MP on zanu pf ticket. Vakazonyandurana havo

    • He didn’t step on anyone’s toes. He didn’t use his legs but his male reproductive organs on women who hadn’t consented to him accessing the honey jar

    • That’s what happens when you sleep with other men’s wives.

    • Andile maybe you know. Whose wife did he bed that got him into so much chaos?

    • Surely a man of his stature, with all the lawyers, couldn’t go to jail for nothing! There has been stirs in the temple. The madames are just docile, there’s no loyalty here.

    • our laws are now meaningless, 95%of those serving sentences for rape are innocent.can you believe a grown up woman can be raped several times and then report years later.

  • I Pray for his release in Jesus mighty name

    • You’re demon possessed, I challenge you: in Jesus’ Mighty and Holy name he will rot there!

    • kkkkk…NdiJesus mumwe chete here wamurikutaura varume…kkkk

    • Kkkkkkk

    • Be a leader of any church upihwe masimba namwari uone kuti nyika nevamwe vemachurch havakuvengi here.vaporofita nevafundisi varikubaiwa zuva nezuva pasi rose sezvakaitwa jesu mambo .inhau chete yekuti varimurima havaone simba rerima racho saka muchifarira kushungurudzwa kwevatendi.

    • Keep praying

    • The Jesus i serve is a loving and forgiving Lord. Told us to forgive 70*70 times a day. So who are you Pharaoh,????

    • Rape munhu ane vakadzi 50 ? Pane nyaya apa

    • Hausati wakura mumwe wangu, uchazviona kana wakura. Wese aita mari, wese aita mbiri anonzi araper thats PHDs in Zim bro. Pull Him Down.

  • 🙆

  • Ane twunhu twake Martin

  • Shuwa vanhu 20 pamunhu 1 zvaratidz smthng wrong

  • Gumbura special

  • ummmmm saka Gumbura nyaya yake vakaita yekumurongera vezanu..nokuti dai aka raper vakadzi ava ingadai vakaenda kare

  • Zimbabwes own Hugh hefner

  • Wabadlisa laba

  • Anongoramba chete anobviswa pa will hahahaha

  • Gumbura 21 vese ava aivapedzera here kkkkk?

  • Dramatic things arikufunga kuti one day achabuda paPresidential amnesty

  • ….

  • Gumbura didn’t rape ts politics only

  • Masaskam nxaa

  • Kunze uko varikukwirwa size inokwana

  • HBD

  • To keep 21women you must possess some supernatural powers , those women are under a spell.

  • 21 wives,pasi piano pane dzimwe type dzavanhu shuwa.

  • 21 even kuri kuda mari,ndotswaga hangu mrombo

  • Ndinonamata kuti vese vakasungwa vabude mujeri .cz hapana asiri mutadzi pasi pano tikada kutariswa mumwe nemumwe hapana asina mhosva inomupinza mujeri

    • Gymbunny

      Some people are kept in jail to protect socity

  • Ini hangu ndamuregerera pliz release him

    • Muchati Bhuu

      Ndiwe wakabatwa chibharo here iwe?

  • Yohwe!

  • women’s pressure groups must wake up and fight for your fellow women who are denied conjugal rights and right to bear children by the judiciary

  • I think those ladies are under a spell how can 21woman luv one guy this is bullshit

  • Alli Hamunyela sharing is caring Mukuetu

  • ….and who ever said those “beautful” women are waiting to have sex ONLY with him whenever he is released???TO HELL with Gumbura,as long as his bevy of beautful wives have tasted and know the pleasures of sex and a man’s body,they wont remain sexually committed to that man in prison,the wives are DEFINATELY being BANGED by some charmers out there..

  • Saka Gumbura akaita Rape with these “pussies” in his home………….😂😂😂😂

  • sharing is caring my brothers…lol Isaac Mangena Mphisane Erick Mangena Daniel Kayz Mangena


  • Loosers

  • How old are the nine still to bear children? +36yrs! Pakaoma!

  • Vanopenga ava kupatisiwa neumwe munhu 21 unozouya mumba mako mwedzi watopera K kkk kupenga chaiko

    • Gymbunny

      Ati anogona kuita 2 a day

  • let the last wife come to me

  • Regai tione zvemamu5 yrs..seuyooooo kunyepa chaiko. Wabva kuperiods paya.

  • Budisayi gumbura achengete mhuri yake

  • vachaneta zvavo .Forty years dzakawandisa ,

  • He can smile and pose for photos, the bottom line is ;He is not a Free man

  • Oi

  • Vanopenga vakadzi ava kumirira mhombwe iyo

  • True vachaneta havo

  • Vava 21???. Gumbura akarohwa jere aine 12 wives ko vamwe 9 vazobve futi

  • Vakamirira nhaka

  • Kureva here kut vakadzi ava aivaroora zvisina chipfeve mkat zvondinetsa ini hahada

  • Budisai Gumbura veduwe.anopinza vakadzi basa .

  • But some of them are cheating already , ndiyani angamirire chipari chemunhu arikutirongo


  • they used to be 11 hw cm they are nw 21 ? tjoo

  • Hevy true love kkkkkkk

  • God bless you LADDIES. Keep it up.

  • Mambokadzi Perfect Pat

    Stick by your man through thick and thin taramba vanotiza .

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Zvakadhakwa izvi

  • Blaz vaive ne mutswi we mushini ava… vakadzi ava havachatokwanisi zve tsono dzenyu…. ktomirira bhinya ravo iro. Dai vakamupao ma private rooms mujeri umo ambo servisa vanhu vake avo

  • Chikiti

    Vachisvika kumba varikusvirwa nevamwe

  • Tracy S. Chamunorwa Mambeu

  • Its only a matter of time achabudiswa Gumbura uyo, secretely something is going on underground, mark my words

    • kana akabuda hake jeri atorinzwa kunaka kwaro kkkkl one more year hz gone,,mmusabhinyà ,inga 21 unavo wani

  • I don’t think it’s normal…. vachaneta havo varegei unless paine mbashto yes…but that man Gumbura eish haaa ini ndamutya hangu kana pane vanopinda Johanne Marange chaiyo handina wandakanzwa akaita vakadzi 21..this is a sign of weakness

  • But it shows kuti Gumbura ainakirwa navo vakadzi vese ava

  • 21 what? Ndiwo mafanizi chaiwo kkk

  • In notime muchawona either Magaya kana Makandiwa or any muporofita wamwari arikubatsira nyika achatongerwa rape .becouse KuZimbabwe ndo kwakasaa mweya yana Faro iri kudzwanyirira va Isiraeri vamwari mweya iyoyo irikushandisa hurumende nematare ayo kurwisa mwari ndosaka nzara nenhamo zvisingaperi munyika umu.tukai vanotuka rambai vanoramba asi chokwadi hachivhikwe

  • akambovaitei to unite like that????

  • Hakuna mkadz akadaro.believe them at your own peril. Vese vane maboyfriends ava.open yo eyes gumbura



  • eish

    nxaaaa 21 prostitutes

  • So,with 21 pussys in the house he had to go rape someone??
    I wonder if that guy ever raped anyone,21 women is like having a differant woman everyday!

  • Ao really… 21 wife’s….

  • That’s the Zim we all know. If they miss yu they frame yu and yu are locked. Unfortunately he Gumbura may not know whose freedom he infringed. Who ever he is he is influencial and very big. Fortunately they did not opt to kill him. We know this is political mathematics.

  • Leave him please all those 21 wives anonzi araper sei her

  • Thought they were 11

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