Two lawyers have renounced agency in a case in which jailed RMG Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura, is contesting conviction and the 40-year prison sentence at the High Court.

Advocate Thembinkosi Magwaliba and Ms Rekayi Maphosa, withdrew from the case for undisclosed reasons, a development that resulted in Gumbura instructing new lawyer Mr Tapson Dzvetero.

Justices David Mangota and Felistus Chatukuta, who were set to hear the appeal, deferred the matter indefinitely to allow the parties to file heads of argument.

The prosecutor Mr Editor Mavuto, indicated that the State had been served with Gumbura's heads of argument on the eleventh hour by the previous lawyers, hence he sought more time to respond before the court hearing.

Adv Magwaliba said Gumbura just decided to choose a new set of lawyers.

"Yes we have renounced agency, but we did not dump the client. The client simply chose an alternative set of lawyers," he said.

Gumbura was jailed for 40 years for raping women from his church.


He is appealing against both the conviction and sentence imposed on him by the Harare Magistrates' Court last year.

The man of the cloth, who was denied bail pending appeal, wants the higher court to set aside the lower court's decision and acquit him of the charges.

Gumbura faced nine counts of raping six women and one of possessing pornographic material. He was cleared of four counts relating to three other women for lack of evidence.

In his grounds of appeal, Gumbura accused the trial magistrate of negating his duties, arguing that he did not evaluate evidence of the witnesses to come up with an appropriate decision.

He insisted that the acquittal was the competent verdict under the circumstances.

Gumbura argues that there was need, on the part of the magistrate, to evaluate each piece of evidence and the position of the appellant, setting out why his evidence was not acceptable compared to that of the complainants.





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Evangelist Chirumani
0 # Evangelist Chirumani 2015-01-27 13:35
Gumbura must released, he is a sinner before God let God judge him, where were they since past without reporting why other three women fail to give an evidence, its all about cruelty of people who are power hungry!
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selele
0 # selele 2015-01-27 14:13
Quoting Evangelist Chirumani:
Gumbura must released, he is a sinner before God let God judge him, where were they since past without reporting why other three women fail to give an evidence, its all about cruelty of people who are power hungry!

All other rapists, thieves, murderers and all sorts of criminals should be released because in the final analysis God is the supreme judge? Power hunger yapinda papi apa? Tibatiseiwo please.
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Zvawanda
0 # Zvawanda 2015-01-27 17:44
Quoting Evangelist Chirumani:
Gumbura must released, he is a sinner before God let God judge him, where were they since past without reporting why other three women fail to give an evidence, its all about cruelty of people who are power hungry!


I pray to God that you're not an actual evangelist. Most unscriptural nonsense i've heard in a long time.
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ufarasiah
0 # ufarasiah 2015-01-27 20:21
Evangelist unopenga ndiwe umwe wacho futi time will come tokukanda kuna Gumbura uko apa kuonda kuita kapepa kkkkkkkk uchudhura kusvika pa40 unenge wapera
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Dofo
0 # Dofo 2015-01-27 22:51
Evangest wekupi anofunga zero kudaro apa wataura zva ziii apa Gumbura newe evangelis muri Imbwa dzevanhu [censored] wako evangelist nxaaaaa usanditsamwisa
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La grandee
0 # La grandee 2015-01-28 00:24
Evangelist..... i think yo brain needs 2 b fixed immediatety yu are jst lyc a vassel wout a compass
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Solo
0 # Solo 2015-01-28 20:01
Its so easy to sin with married women or girls. Consider this preaching, "Bathsheba was bathing in an open space. She had her God given asserts that impressed the Lion of Judar, King David... The scripture says do what you hear... Go and do the same... The Pastor today will eat Mai Ngana's cooking. Let's go home Mai Ngana in the safety of Pastor's Kraal."

After the cooking the Pastor says, "We've eaten the forbidden fruit. We've sinned, the bible says we are all sinners who need forgiveness. Let's pray 'God forgive us, we've committed adultery'". Infact this happens weekly in the first days until it happens daily. There are lot of wolves in sheep clothing. The problem with people is equating these individuals who speak in tongues to Jesus until you realise we've a Gumbura situation.
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