Gumbura’s bail application postponed

Independent End Time Message Church founder, Robert Martin Gumbura, had his bail application in a case in which he is being accused of raping a female congregate postponed at the High Court today.

Robert Martin Gumbura
Robert Martin Gumbura

Gumbura is facing nine other rape counts and his judgement has been set for Friday. He is set to stand trial on the latest rape allegation on March 31.

Gumbura’s lawyer, Rekayi Maphosa, made a bail application at the High Court on behalf of her client on the pending charge last week.

She confirmed the postponement of the bail ruling to The Zimbabwean.

“We appeared before Justice (Ester) Muremba today and the ruling was postponed after we indicated our intention to file supplementary bail statements,” said Maphosa.

In the latest rape charge, the State alleges that the complainant in the case is a 26-year-old woman who is currently residing in South Africa.

It is the State’s case that the woman started staying at Gumbura’s house in 2009, an arrangement that was agreed to by Gumbura and the woman’s parents.

Gumbura, according to the State papers, was responsible for the woman’s school fees and general upkeep.

The State alleges that in 2009, one Tendai Ganyani called the woman to Gumbura’s office where the Independent End Time Message founder was and when she arrived, Ganyani went out and locked the door from outside.

After this, Gumbura is alleged to have demanded sex from the woman and she refused.

Gumbura is alleged to have removed his clothes, grabbed the woman and forcibly removed her clothes after which he pushed her on the floor.

He is alleged to have raped the woman and threatening to curse her if she reported the matter to anyone.

After raping the woman, Gumbura is alleged to have called Ganyani who came to open the office door.

Gumbura’s rape victim failed to report the case to the police for fear of being cursed and only did so on March 18 last year after she had left the church.

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