A POLYGAMOUS Harare pastor, Robert Martin Gumbura was yesterday back in court facing fresh allegations of raping two women from his church on different occasions. This brings to seven the number of female congregants that have reported rape cases against the founder of RMG End Time Message.
It appears that it never rains but pours for the man of cloth who was on Tuesday released on $500 bail by the High Court on allegations of raping three women from his church.
Gumbura appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe who advised him to apply for bail at the High Court before remanding him in custody to December 9.
According to the State, when the police raided his house, they recovered sexual enhancement drugs and adult videos. Police also recovered video recordings, in which Gumbura was cursing people who had reported him to the police and putting them in the hands of the devil so that they die.
Gumbura however made an application pleading with the court to order all the complainants to come forth and report once because it was being prejudicial to him.
“Your worship these allegations have something to do with the church. If it is possible for all those who have a case against me, let them come forth and report once because it seems that every time I get released on bail by the High Court, another church member will come up and report another rape case,” he said.
Mr Mahwe ruled that there was no statutory law that restricts complainants to report matters all at the same time adding that cases were dealt with as they are reported.
On the first count the complainant is a 17-year-old girl. Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira alleges that sometime last year, the complainant’s sister who is a member of Gumbura’s church, left for Canada with her husband and left the complainant with another church member at their house.
A day after they had left, it is alleged Gumbura took the two to his house on the pretext that it was not safe for them to stay alone at the house.
It is alleged that in January this year, Gumbura took the complainant to one of the rooms where he attempted to rape her and failed after she screamed for help. He later raped her on a different occasion on the pretext he was testing her v*rginity.
The court heard that Gumbura went on to rape the girl twice on different occasions before threatening her with death spells. On the second count, Gumbura is said to have raped a 28-year-old woman before promising to marry her.
It is the State’s case that Gumbura would always enter the bathroom while she was bathing and took photographs of her undressed body.
The court heard that when Gumbura raped her, one of his wives who was in the next room ignored her screams and increased the volume of the television.
The pair later reported their cases to the police.