- Category: News
- Published on 11 February 2014
A WhatsApp conversation that leaked last week and exposed a married South African-based woman and a University of Zimbabwe student nearly resulted in the death of the 24-year-old female varsity student yesterday.
According to the WhatsApp conversation, which has since gone viral, Mai Gareth - a 35-year-old woman who was once a secretary of the embattled pastor Robert Martin Gumbura in Kadoma in 2006 - and Josie a 24-year-old University of Zimbabwe (UZ) student, reportedly spent the whole week from the first day of January this year discussing about how they were enjoying having unprotected sex with Gumbura, how he would inviote several women into his bedroom before having sex with and how he also had sex with a married woman and the woman's daughter as well, among other mind boggling revelations.
My Zimbabwe News has conducted several investigations and the woman who was only identified in the leaked WhatsApp conversation as Josie weku UZ has been identified as Josephine 'Josie' Machiwenyika. She is studying English and Religious studies at the UZ.
Investigations conducted by My Zimbabwe News have also alleged that she comes from a financially challenged family which hails from Mutare. Had it not been for financial challenges Josie reportedly faces, she would be in her third year, but nonetheless, she is still in her second year, My Zimbabwe News has learnt.
A source from Mutare who claims to know Josie very well said she was a very close friend of Gumbura's daughter (name withheld) and the friend is the one who talked to Gumbura early last year, resulting in her eventually relocating to Marlborough where she was staying at Gumbura's home.
Since the woman was facing financial challenges, Gumbura allegedly took advantage of her and demanded sex in exchange for school fees and a better lifestyle.
True to his word, Gumbura allegedly started funding the poor woman as well as buying her flashy clothes among other feminine 'goodies', but at a 'sexual fee' of course, reports claim. Even her friends wondered what had happened when she suddenly started dressing to kill, living a flashy lifestyle and all.
"Urikuchengetwa naani," asked her friend named Tatie W Mandiopera.
According to the damning leaked conversation, Gumbura who owns 10 houses started having sex with Josie - his daughter's best friend - at his Chisipite home.
"Zvakatangira kuDouble Storey we would kiss and then he called me kudedroom ndakaramba coz ndaingovafungira kt taizorara tose and ndainyara.so vakazondishevedza kumaten kuChisipiti.muleather room muye imi he promicd me the world vachiti i want u to be my best friend and kt zvinhu zvikufambire pano wotondilumisa ndakamboramba b@ kiss yacho sis and maoko avo akangondipodza (We were at the double storey house and we kissed. He then called me to his bedroom but I refused because I suspected that we would have sex and I was feeling so shy. At around 10 O'clock he asked me to come to Chisipite and got me into that leather room where he promised me the whole world. He said he wanted us to be best friends adding that for my plans to go well I should have sex with him. At first I objected but he kissed me so intimately and his hands seduced me).
Mai Gareth, who initiated the conversation and seemed to ask nearly everything in a typical intelligence-investigative manner asked Josie what Gumbura promised her, since she knew Gumbura won't help any woman for nothing - so it seems. Josie gladly provided the information.
"Zvakawanda like kuti kana ndapedza degree vondiitisa masters and vanoti zvose zvandinoda kuchikoro ndisununguke kuvaudza (I was promised a lot e.g. when I'm done with my degree he will also fund my masters degree studies. He also said I should feel free to tell him whatever I want)," she said.
With regards to Gumbura's lengthy manhood, Josie revealed that she had seen all types and sizes but Gumbura's was outrageous.
"Ini munyika ndakambofara zvangu asi vaya vanotora mukombe (I have done all sorts of stuff and all but he is [sexually] talented)," she said.
She also revealed that when she first had sex with Gumbura she had to spend several days in bed as the sexually gifted man had gone far beyond Josie's expectations and experience.
The 7-day long conversation revealed a lot of Josie's sexual life and chilling Gumbura's church secrets. My Zimbabwe has been told that yesterday morning Josie reportedly learnt that her damning conversation with Mai Gareth is now an open secret, known by everyone who bothered to spend 2 hours reading it.
This did not go down well with the varsity student and Gumbura's sexual 'entertainer' - according to the leaked conversation. A close source within the controversial Independent End Time Message church said Josie attempted to commit suicide yesterday at the rape convict's Marlborough Home.
"She attempted to commit suicide by drinking some poison. She was dumped at her relatives residency and I hope she is recuperating. Josie was Gumbura's daughter's best friend and were together at college," said a source.
Another source said Josie was scared of facing the full wrath of Gumbura's church members after exposing all their wicked sexual secrets.
"she consumed the poison at Gumbura's residence in Marlborough. She never expected that her WhatsApp conversation would go viral. Akange akutya mafia yepamba paGumbura plus indoctrination yacho ma-one. Up to now followers in the church still believe that Gumbura is being persecuted and will be released any time soon," said the mole.
As if that was not enough, the conversation revealed that while Gumbura allegedly had sex with nearly all women in the church, the ONLY woman he used a condom on was one
"Sis musabvunze munhu ndakambonzwa kuti father vakapfekera sis Abby condom. Inenge yechokwadi yaAbby because Apostle vaichiva sister abby nekunaka kwavo, but vakatogona vakapfeka condom," said the investigative Mai Gareth.
"Ehe ndakamboinzwa iii yakandityisa zvekuti kucourt pavakanzi (Apostole Gumbura) vaende for matests hana yangu yaive mumaoko," replied the ever-confidential information-dishing Josie.
Efforts to get a comment from Josie proved futile as her mobile number which starts with +26373748 and ends with 1 has since been disconnected. However Sources said the number must have been disconnected yesterday morning since she was last seen on WhatsApp in the morning. By the time of going to Press she had also not responded to the messages sent to her on Facebook.
A relative of hers who spoke to My Zimbabwe News also said he had heard about the attempted suicide report.
"I received a phone call alleging that she had attempted to commit suicide. She is my relative and she comes from Mutare. She learnt at St Columba's High School in Haina, Mutare where her father, Mr Machiwenyika, was the Agriculture teacher. But please don't mention my name. Unfortunately that Telecel phone number is also the one that I have. I too tried to call her but to no avail," said the relative as My Zimbabwe tried to get Josie's new phone number.
Efforts to identify both Mai Gareth and Baba Gareth are still in progress. However, a My Zimbabwe News reader has alleged that Mai Gareth should be Grace Chiware who resides in South Africa while Baba Gareth is suspected to be Brighton Zimbiti. But these remain unconfirmed reports.
While it is nearly obvious that the damning conversation leaked through Mai Gareth's side, there is a School of thought that someone within Gumbura's church or with so much information regarding his church secrets, might have pretended to act like Mai Gareth and syphon as much information as possible from Josie before intentionally leaking the conversation.
Another school of thought is that Baba Gareth, who according to the conversation, had of late been suspecting that Gumbura could have also sampled his wife, might have been the one who blew the whistle after gaining access to his wife's phone. This assumption is however not supported by many people who have expressed their opinions on our Facebook Page. It seems many believe the first school of thought is likely to be what really happened.
YOU CAN READ THE FULL WHATSAPP CONVERSATION HERE: WhatsApp messages of Gumbura's sex scandals with married women leak