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Gumbura a Pervert, but not a Rapist

By Maynard Manyowa

There is arguably no contemporary figure that has unified opinion, and attracted universal condemnation like Robert Martin Gumbura; the jailed leader of the extremist Christian fellowship, End Time Message.

Maynard Manyowa
Maynard Manyowa

Over a year ago Robert Gumbura was arrested and hauled before the courts, accused of raping two women married to the same man. The circumstances were that, the women whose husband lives in South Africa had received some money for them through the church leader, and when they went to collect it he insisted on seeing them separately. He subsequently raped them.

Gumbura quickly adopted the title of the ‘Rapist Pastor’. This was just the start of his problems though. The beleaguered clergyman would soon make more headlines, as one woman after the other began to approach the police with reports of alleged rape at his hands.

At one point the women who were accusing him of forcibly tapping the cupcake reached a staggering 40. Infact, the number of women who have claimed rape, including those who have not pressed charges has since been reported to be well over a 100!

Granted, Zimbabwe has amalgamated as a nation to protect women from all forms of abuse, and sexual abuse is taken seriously in the conservative nation. It cannot be contested that the number of women distressed by Gumbura’s poking stick is upsetting, and for that reason, he deserved some form of punishment, by karma however, and not by law.

You see, the circumstances around the entire cases(s) are less than convincing. Rape implies that a woman has been forced, and coerced into having sex. The characteristic of the sexual encounter being non-consensual is what constitutes Rape.

In Gumbura’s case however, it is nowhere near that. None of the women were forced at knife point, or drugged and date raped. Infact, they consented to the encounters, albeit after being lied to. But is this Rape?

Gumbura lied to the women in question that he had some supernatural powers, and that those who refused to bed him would meet unfortunate and torrid ends. He basically deceived his way into their pants.

But if lying your way into a woman’s honeypot is rape, then I am afraid we are all guilty of it. All men do it repeatedly, or at least a no less than a handful of times in a lifetime. Men will claim to love a woman, just to get their way with her in bed. Should this be called rape as well?

By the Gumbura precedence any woman who has ever been deceived into bed by a man can, and should have the deceitful male who deflowered her commuted into a maximum prison for 40 years.

Look, in some cases, Gumbura even lured his ‘victims’ with promises of money, wealth, amenities, and other material things. Promises he often delivered because he had the financial prowess to. A few victims narrated how he would pay for their school fees, and basic needs, and then demand sex in return. All this makes Gumbura a sugar daddy with a gargantuan sexual appetite, but not a knife wielding man monster.

This is wicked and indecent but disappointingly legal. Rich men all over are known to use their financial muscle in exchange for sexual favours. It’s a horrible order of society but a real one and definitely a prominent one. It is wretched but it is not rape, certainly not by definition.

Gumbura tricked many women into bed. Some he threatened with aversive spiritual attacks of biblical proportions, some with bad luck. Some he pampered with goodies, and niceties, some he simply threatened to withdraw financial support.

He furthered decrees claiming that all women in his church were his. He claimed to have a biblical right to deflower every girl in his church, and to bed every girl before her wedding. He used his position to hoodwink girls into his bed. For this, he must have his mental psyche examined.

These women chose to believe Gumbura’s lies, some of them chose to accept his gifts, and ended up in awkward positions, needing his financial support. While this sounds insensitive, Gumbura’s persecution smacks more of sour grapes than anything else.

Granted he is a liar, a cheat, a sugar daddy, a horny grandfather with a twisted mind, and a disgusting man with a sexual appetite that can’t be satisfied. But to say he is a rapist is misdirected and unfair.

Yes, Robert Martin Gumbura is a horrible man, a glorified sugar daddy, a lying, conniving, and cunning sexual hunter. By all accounts he is a monstrous erotic beast, a man of very corrupt fibre.

Robert Gumbura is a bad man, an immoral man, but because his victims consented to sexual intercourse with him, he is, and cannot be called a Rapist, despite his conviction. He is a pervert, but only that.

Maynard Manyowa is a political & social analyst. You can reach him for feedback via his website www.maynardmanyowa.com , via email – [email protected] , on Twitter – @iAmKudaMaynard or by liking his FB page – Maynard Kudakwashe Manyowa