- Category: News
- Published on 28 January 2014
RMG Independent End Time Message church leader Robert Martin Gumbura will languish in remand prison as the High Court has dismissed the controversial pastor's bail application.
This follows a rape allegation filed by yet another woman who claims that the 51-year-old pastor raped her and threatened to commit the woman to the devil if she ever tells anyone.
Justice Esther Muremba threw out the bail application arguing that his release will cause public disharmony considering that he is a church leader who fellowships with his alleged victims.
Gumbura who was initially arrested for raping 11 women, stood trial and at the moment waiting for judgment for allegedly raping seven women.
In the latest case, A 26-year-old woman approached the courts and filed her rape claim against the embattled pastor. She argued that she could not lodge her complaint previously as she is based in South Africa.
The State alleges that in 2009, Gumbura counterfeited an agreement between himself and the complainant's parents when she was 21 years old. He started staying with the woman and would look after her financially. This was after Tendai Ganyani, who is Gumbura's secretary and is of the same age with the complainant, had summoned the complainant to the controversial pastor's office.
The State further alleges that when the woman got into Gumbura's office, his secretary, Ganyani, locked the door from outside and left the then 21-year-old woman at the mercy of the polygamous pastor. Gumbura is said to have demanded sex from the woman and she turned down his request, but the seemingly sex-maniac pastor would not take 'NO' as an answer. He then removed his clothes, grabbed the complainant and removed her clothes too then pinned her to the ground and raped her, it is alleged.
It is the State's case that Gumbura threatened to commit the woman to the devil if ever she was to tell anyone what had transpired. He allegedly phoned Ganyani, his female secretary, to return to the office and unlock the door.
Reports are that the woman has been a member of Gumbura's church since 2009 and as such she could not report the matter to the police since she was scared of being committed to the Satan. The complainant alleges that she left Gumbura's church last year and finally gathered guts to report the matter to the police on 18 March 2013.