Gumbura’s wives applied to watch TV, court told

Martin Gumbura

Martin Gumbura

Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
RMG Independent End Time Message church leader Martin Gumbura was feared so much that even his 11 wives would write individual letters to him applying for permission to sit in the lounge and watch television, the court heard yesterday. The revelation was made as the trial of Gumbura, who is accused of raping seven women from his church, came to an end, with magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya setting January 8 as the judgment day.

Gumbura stunned the court when he said that he did not use protection when sleeping with his wives and “girlfriends”, adding that he had unprotected sex with some of his victims.

He said there was no need to use protection because he would have taken them for HIV tests.

The prosecutor Mr Jonathan Murombedzi produced a letter written by one of the accused’s wives in which she was asking for permission to watch television.

The letter had a part which read: “May we please now go back to the brown lounge to watch television”.

“Accused person, I put it to you that you are feared in your church to an extent that even your wives at home are also afraid of you,” said Mr Murombedzi.

“Mr Gumbura, how can a wife in your house apply to sit in the lounge to watch television? If these wives could fear you to such an extent, what about those vulnerable orphans you sexually abused. You made them succumb to any of your abuses.”

Gumbura, who is studying towards a degree in Theology, said he set the rule as a disciplinary measure.
“What is wrong with a father who is the head of the house to set rules in his house?

“I cannot allow them to watch television up to midnight, hence the need to set rules on when and what time the TV should be watched.
“Also, one other thing, I don’t encourage them to watch television channels always, they should also take time to watch my videos in which I would be ministering in church.”

Gumbura said his family was happy with the arrangement, adding that all his wives, including his last one who is 23-years-old loved him.

He said if the wives were not happy with the arrangement, they should have left the house the day he was committed to remand prison.
But Mr Murombedzi said: “This shows how ruthless you are, they do not love you, it is because they are indoctrinated and brainwashed”.

Asked on the criteria he used when choosing a wife, Gumbura said that whenever he saw a girl, he loved in church he would propose to her before promising to marry her.

He said he would stay with that woman as husband and wife and would only pay bride price for her after conceiving.
Gumbura said he had not paid lobola for four of his wives.

He said he was not a womaniser, but a polygamist, adding that he had so much respect for women.
This was after Mr Murombedzi accused Gumbura of “using” women and later dumping them.

Gumbura alleged the feud with Pastor Godwin Chitsinde started when they discovered his (Chitsinde’s) ill repute which included deflowering girls using his fingers and abusing elderly women by fondling them.

Pastor Chitsinde of Spoken Word Ministries testified against Gumbura during the trial and implied that they were once buddies.
He defended his doctrine of committing people in the hands of the devil, saying that he was guided by a biblical chapter — 1 Corinthians Chapter 5.

Gumbura said it was a pure church doctrine practised even by Pastor Chitsinde whom he said also committed him in the hands of Satan when he started preaching polygamy.

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  • truth

    Chitsinde taught Apostle Gumbura that tv is bad and should not even be watched. So why do prosecutors have him as a witness? Infact the kingpin of all these false rape allegations. You are all hypocrites. Everyone knows in the message that tv is not encouraged and Chitsinde and others taught that. Free this innocent man so he can take care of his family.

    • Phineas

      His wives are hell scared of this rapist.They cannot just go to the TV room and watch, just in case he’s raping an under age girl there, they have to apply for permission in advance so that they may not disturb the paedo just in case that day there is a victim to be raped.Scary, even his wives cannot approach him and have a face to face request.An excellent job by the Police and prosecution team.You deserve a great bonus and other packs.

    • namatai

      Shaaaammmmme, pliz find other things to do, rather than spend yo time trying to defend a man whose destination is behind bars.

      • truth

        It aint over until God says it is over. We will fight to the last man until victory is won.

        • namatai

          dream on,in a few weeks time you will be in mourning

    • Phineas

      Really, did you have TVs in 1978?You seem to have a lot of data.Why did you not help Martin’s lawyer?If they could not accept your quackings, no one will accept your story, get yourself some rest and brainstorm on looking after Martin Gumbura’s kids.

  • truth

    So chitsinde fingered girls but is leading the charge against the polygamist. What a hypocrite. How can the pot call the kettle black?

    • Phineas

      “Truth” your cases are coming before these alleged Chitsinde lies.Yours include infecting young girls with AIDS at your cult church with your co-pastor and at your Medical Aid business which was forcibly shut down by the Ministry of Health.We have girls and women who are ready to testify.All the evidence is there.Watch this space.You are frothing and kicking because you know there is no way you can’t follow your brother to prison.Your cases are more chilling because they involve mass AIDS infections.The nation will be shocked when another Gumbura idiot is unmasked for serial rape.

    • mpfana

      Gumbura can also testify on Chitsinde’s case from Jail if you choose to press charges since you sound knowledgeable of his misconduct. It’s also your democratic right to come forward with information

    • Phineas

      Robert Martin Gumbura is now not a polygamist.He is a serial rapist & paedo.He was just hiding behind polygamy, giving real polygamists a very bad name.He is a maniac, a mental case, a cold heartless beast.How can he rape ophans, street kids then dump them so the elements can finish them off

  • truth

    Why is Chitsinde not being arrested for raping women? Where is musasa project? Where are the ngo’s that are attending Apostle Gumbura’s false trial? We know his victims? Is he because Chitsinde has political connection?

    • Phineas

      The Amorite, Martin Gumbura’s cup was full, that’s why he’s spending the New Year behind bars.Its got nothing to do with political connections, Martin had political connections but he still sank.Whats left is for the magistrate to pronounce a very very long and tough custodial sentence that will act as a deterrent measure to future paedos and serial rapists.The more you scream, the more society feels the courts are doing a good job, this is exactly how the rape victims felt during and after the rapes.

  • truth

    Why is a self confessed rapist on tv 3 times a week preaching? So they are good rapists wnd bad rapists? Apostle Gumbura is a bad rapists and Chitsinde a good rapist? We know his victims and he confessed.

    • Phineas

      Vamwe 70 vana, anofanira kuvaitira kuChikurubi. Martin Gumbura is so arrogant that he could open his mouth and say that he would only pay lobola after the woman had conceived. So if the woman is barren then there is no marriage. What kind of gospel is this and what kind of a church leader is this???I thought a church is supposed to be a place where high morals are taught and observed.

      • truth

        He is charged with rape you ignoramus not his church leadership skills. Gosh chiiko nhai kupusa kudaro?

    • Phineas

      Who are you asking?Why don’t you go to ZBC?Why blame the Herald.You do have a small cult congregation that you are leading.Why don’t you approach ZBC so you can preach your cult doctrines

    • Phineas

      I thought you were a Christian, I didn’t know you are a Devil.If a brother confesses, he’s forgiven and his sins are thrown into the sea of God’s forgetfulness.It’s only Satan and his Demons who will try to extract confessed sins albeit to no avail.The problem I have with Robert Martin Gumbura is that he was caught by a system that is outside church (the Police), and it was not in his mind to confess.Thus you cannot compare an individual who has confessed and a son of perdition who does not possess such qualities of repenting.Even in Court Martin arrogantly boasts that he was raping this girls at Miekles Hotel, Jameson Hotel, etc besides his Marlborough compound.He is a real black mamba, but thank God he’s going to turn into crystal in prison.Prison life is not for soft paedos, you have to be a real tough guy to survive.

  • truth

    Ill repute? Herald this would be funny if it was not serious. It is rape. Plunging your thick fingers into virgin girls is not ‘ill repute’ it is called rape. #bataichitsinde

    • Phineas

      We gave you the names of Gumbura’s victims and the Nehowa and Chuma under age girls and the women who testified.Give us the names of women Chitsinde abused, don’t just drag innocent people into your filth.Now you are stiil fighting the Herald and Chitsinde, but the pervert continues to dig own deep grave.His slavery starts from his house, goes to his farm in Kenzamba and ends in a brainwashed cult church.Come 8 January, he will have a test of his own medicine.”Truth” did the magistrate say he will also celebrate Christmas in remand?

      • truth

        A guilty verdict does not take 2 weeks. Dont celebrate too early my friend. You will be disappointed.

        • Phineas

          The were many of Martin Gumbura’s rape victims, the magistrate wants to take his time and go through the submissions and there is a Christmas & New Year.No Country under the sun can let lose such a very dangerous snake to wiggle freely among the ophans, street kids, under age girls, etc.The snake has to be confined in a Zoo……..prison for life.If he is innocent, the magistrate would have indicated that he can apply for bail.You know he is gone for good that’s why you have sleepless nights posting senseless and insulting contributions on this forum.

    • Phineas

      First batai Martin Gumbura’s younger brother for numerous paedo & rape cases and infecting his victims with AIDS.Once we are totally finished with this corrupt Gumbura family, then the Police can work on other cases.We are still in the mafia boys’ stronghold, surely we cannot all of a sudden jump several miles to a imaginary case, leaving a bizarre crime scene littered with gruesome evidence, otherwise you will clean out the crime scene.Give the Police time to net in all the culprits first.Report your case to the Police, just as we have reported yours.Don’t mix Martin Gumbura’s rape case with Chitsinde.

    • pm

      If your ‘pastor’ knew this was happening why didn’t he report it before now nhai “Truth”. Speaks volumes of “if my cult is going down I’ll go down with the man who’se been fighting my lust demon for all these years”

      • truth

        Apostle Gumbura led the revolt against the Chitsinde cult and fingering of virgin women. That fight is continued to this day. Where Chitsinde used the executive office of zim to exact revenge on Apostle Gumbura

        • Phineas

          Serial rapist & reknown paedophile leading a revolt, his younger brother is also a notorious conman and fraudster.Such buffons impersonating Christianity.The Gumbura family is known for juju and goblins

    • Phineas

      Lets take these rape cases one at a time.Lets wait for 8 January 2013 when this case will conclude, meantime report your cases to the Police like we did on Martin Gumbura.We shall then comment like we are doing for rapist Martin Gumbura. However you are likely going to follow your brother to Chikurubi for the same crimes before your Chitsinde rumblings go anywhere

  • mucha

    There he goes again. Even wives are enslaved in their own houses.

  • Sipho

    Challenged by this Gumbura fella I have read 1 Corinthians 5 in full. Surprisingly there is so much rebuke about sexual sins and greed in this chapter that I wonder why one would choose to base a whole doctrine on quoting (read misquoting) one verse!! Why do these cults choose to ignore what the bible in its entirety teaches and mislead a whole bunch of innocent souls like this. Zimbabweans, let us learn to study the bible on our own rather than allow such evil men to brainwash us!!

  • truth

    Herald why do you call Apostle Gumbura – Gumbura but Chitsinde you call him Pastor Chitsinde? None of them have been convicted of a crime so address them with their title. Dont show you bias again. Your bias in this case mostly based on biblical ignorance is shameful.

    • Phineas

      Is this “guy” truly a message Pastor, “studying for a Theology Degree”.”Truth” and the rest of Gumbura’s lost sheep are busy feasting on rotten cemetery theology garbage in the comfort of a “name” Independent RMG End Time Message.Just take off the last 3 words, “End Time Message”.This cult is far from being a message church.Its just a wrotten cult period.

      • truth

        Coming from people under the leadership of the beast. This is laughable. You are part of the beast system firmly under the purple curtain

        • Phineas

          “Truth”,its your kind and this serial rapist & paedo who have fast tracked the throwing of all these unregistered churches into this bag that you think you are out of.I am afraid you were Satan’s right hand man for their demise.You are like a goat which leads sheep to the slaughter then jumps when near the slaughtering blades.You are the modern Judas who sold innocent blood.Back there you must have been an angel which was very close to Satan, because just with a single paedo & serial rape court case, you caused the bagging of these poor souls and “yes” they are in and they are doomed.

    • Phineas

      Its too too late to address the cult leader as Apostle, anywhere Apostle of what?In his rapist episode, he’s close to Chikurubi than back to his Marlborough Compound.He crossed the line of respect by several thousand miles.I am sorry your pervert brother could not respect ophans, street kids, under age girls, married women in church and unmarried girls in church and yet you still beg society to respect such a filthy and morally degraded paedophile.Tell him for people to respect him, he has to work for it and really deserve such.

    • Phineas

      He lost his Apostle title and assumed a new title, “serial rapist”, “cult leader”, “paedo”.Early next year he will have another title, prisoner.

  • Bob

    So far the state has 1 strong case. Gumbura is a sex addict the other cases I’m not sure this was rape. On the allegations against Chitsinde the defence must provide names and dates . Otherwise from the look of things Gumbura is going to do his time in jail but the magiastrate must make his sentence without being guided by media and public this case was given to much hype . The man is already proven guilty before the judgement.

    • truth

      There is no way he will be found guilty. The one you think is strong is terribly weak. The judge thought she was evasive and her story too fantastic to be true. But with a biased media hell bent on sending an innocent man to jail for polygamy they never even made an attempt to report the defense. He was on the stand two days ago and had splendid testimony but most of the biased media ignored it. But today he is headline news after his cross examination. Mob mentality led to the killing of Jesus and the public right now is baying for the Apostle’s blood with the assistance of the media.

      • Phineas

        I think you need to take your medication, give yourself some fine time to sleep and rest.You are hallucinating “Truth”.Martin Gumbura is guilty as charged and will be eradicated from society for good, watch the space.There is no biased media here.All the news outlets are reporting the same thing.Why is it that you are the only one defending this prisoner.Even his church members are mum, they didn’t know he was abusing their kids and their wives.

      • Phineas

        He is not going to prison for polygamy, its for under age rape, married women rape, etc.He is truly guilty as charged, a very cold and cruel character, great analysis from the prosecution team.There are countless girls and women who could not come out and nail this rapist with more horror abuses.He has just reaped what he’s been sowing all along.And he cannot run away from his evil works

    • truth

      There will not be a sentence. Based on what l saw in court which the biased reporters failed to inform the public this man will walk out a free man. No credible court will convict him of anything. This is a shamockery of the justice system and waste of state resources.

  • Ambassador Percy

    Batai Vanhu Mhani.

  • Sorry

    Hands off that man. He has suffered enough.

    • Jotham

      Are you really sure about that

  • Baba vematangwe

    This man is a sexual pervert. He abused women and is very cunning. He says he only married a woman if she conceived. This is were the whole deal is. He only married as a cover up!!! To cover up the fact that he has been sleeping with a church member out of wedlock. If the woman is not pregnant I can bet u he continued to ***. Zvekuroora was just a cover up because he had no choice. He did not want to be seen somufundisi anongo mitisa achisiya zvakadaro. His reasoning is weird, he says he first sleeps with woman to see if she gets pregnant before marrying her. Handisati ndambonzwa mukadzi aoita apply to watch tv in her own house. This man is very controlling and has brainwashed his followers. This is what he also does to his church members hence people like Truth do not see the difference between TRUTH and LIES.

    • truth

      Ko Chitsinde akukubvumidzai kuona tv? Makatanga riini vanhu vemu message kuona tv?

  • Zim-Watch

    Nzwiraiwo Truth tsitsi nekuti ari kutoshamisika kuti chotevera ijudgement. Aitarisira kuti pamwe kuchaita mazuva mamwe mazhinji ekuti Gumbura ambonyatsotaura akasununguka sezvaanoita kuchechi kwavo ozoregerwa. Honai truth haana kutomborara nenyaya iyi. Mumunamatirewo!

    Dai wakacherechedza Truth wakakasira kuti Rekai arege kukumiririrai. Zvino tarisa uone nhasi-Gumbura aenda zvamuchese!!! Dai ndakaziva haitungamire! Mukadzi uyu aiita kunge arikuda chaizvo kuti pastor wako abude kasi ma-arguments ake ndakagara ndaaona kuti very soon kunenge kwotoda hako judgement. She was exposing more information in arguments as if she was a state witness. Mukadziwozve!!! Musazorega kumubhadhara!

    • truth

      Rekai did a phenominal job. Ngatiwonei kuti zvinofamba sei paverdict. Not even a kangaroo court in somalia would find him guilty.

  • imwi

    This man deserves to be put on death row so that abuse of women and vulnerable girls and orphans come to an end! It is clear to all sane minded people that this evil men used extreme fear to brainwash his church, I heardn from some quarters that those 11 wives are prostitutes desperate to put a roof over their heads. I urge the City Fathers to go and investigate how 11 wives and so many children can stay together in one standard house, this is a health time bomb.

    • truth

      Baying for blood. Total nonsense. None of that was proven in court. If you are relying on the media then l excuse your ignorance. You should have come to court and see the pp case exposed for what it is a Chitsinde conspiracyy.

  • jonny

    Gumbura in his defence stated that he was committing people into the hands of the devil because they were fornicators. And he goes on to sleep with his victims before marriage. So according to him what is the definition of fornication? It baffles my mind to think that there are people who sit under Gumbura’s ministry and call him pastor. Decieved people! This is a wicked man whose conscience is completely dead. A reprobate whose small mind is darkened and whose body is given to vile affections. The bible says such people will proceed no further.

    • truth

      Apostle Gumbura’s definitionnof fornication does not matter but God’s. Solomon has 300 concubines. Was he guilty of fornication? What bride pride did he pay? Yea that is what l thought.

      • jonny

        @Truth his definition matters because obviously he is not respecting God’s definition. Do you approve of women having sex out of wedlock? Or married men sleeping around? If you do then you are just mental and you lack common decency. Beside Paul teaches that Deacons, Elders, Bishops and Church leaders be each married to one wife. And if polygamy is so glorious how come most of these people are dying of AIDS and some of your colleagues use violence to make people see their revelations? Is it normal for a pastor to be accused of rape, arrested, tried and spend Christmas and new year’s behind bars? Are these things normally associated with message pastors??The word pastor has been defiled and made of non-effect. “rapist pastor” is a new phrase in the turn of the century.

        • truth

          The karate polygamy camp that is where l belong to. You do not do the nonsense you are doing to the gumburas. Ask Chitsinde he knows kuti isu tinobata vanhu vakaita saye. He will not mess with us. Mamwe madhimoni anoda kurohwa. Unfortunately ana gumbura do not want that. But type dzenyu idzi nana Chitsinde dzinoda shamhu.

          • jonny

            For your own information, the karate polygamy guys, investigations are under way. Your names have been submitted. your acts are known, how you gang up, kill and main brothers, that you are doing a jihad in Zimbabwe to force men and women to accept polygamy. its a mater of days your churches will be closed. watch this space truth

          • truth

            Hahahahaha anotiziva Chitsinde.He may be many things but suicidal he is not.

      • jonny

        And besides Solomon was not an apostle neither was David. What genre of an apostle is this whose main sermons are preached on the thighs of women both married and single. An apostle ejaculating on women’s garments in his office whilst praying. An Apostle who preaches with his manhood up half the time. Name one apostle in the bible who did that and had many wives whilst sleeping with many girls.. Remember the word apostle appears in the new testament only. Gumbura is the closest we have been to the devil so far… and his followers are the closest we have been to demons. Truth is so sick I wonder if any therapy can save him. God has given his mind to vile affections to do that which is unseemly. among men. Rebrobate!Crossed the line, Neurotic, Diabolic, Sensual, Brute beast. The bible says from such turn away.

      • EFFNorth

        Solomon was very guilty my friend.

  • truth

    No guilty person takes the stand. Any lawyer will tell you that you never put your client on the stand even if he is not guilty. Look at high profile cases like Michael Jackson and OJ they never took the stand. But the absolutely innocent pun intended Apostle Gumbura took the stand yet he had already won. Taking the stand is only for the innocent.

  • Mimi

    I challenge @truth to inform us what he admires about End Time Message Prophet Gumbura’s attitude towards women. Does this man even know what love is? Gumbura is a monster, a sadist and a women abuser. He deserves to start paying for all that he perpetrated on women in his church, orphans in prison. And I doubt this man will have the courage to save his sentence. This is one instance which calls upon all Women Organisations in Zimbabwe to stand up and say NO to this monster’s doing. This is a sad day for all Women and Child protection organizations in Zimbabwe. We pray that the Courts will not let justice down by handing this moron monster a lenient sentence. How dare he be feared by even his own 11 wives, and 11 all having unprotected sex with this monster. Gumbura is not even remorseful. Zvinorwadza.

    • truth

      He has to be found guilty by a court of law. That has not happened and will noy happen because he did not rape anyone. He is charged with rape not polygamy or having concubines. He is absolutely innocent. Demonstrate all you want you blood thirsty vampires the man should walk freely because he was not charged with being a cult or brainwashing but rape and the pp failed dismally to prove the man committed rape.

  • zvenyika

    do they pray to satan?

  • Sadombo

    Gumbura is crazy. But this might be the tip of an iceberg. The same is happening elsewhere

  • CCTM10

    The sad thing is that this guy might actually walk free. It is clear as day that his conduct is not right but a court of law works on evidence. This once again shows us that there is no such thing as justice from the ways of man.

    Asi ndabvuma hangu, Chigumbura akawoma. As for Truth, muregerereiwo, he is a victim, anotoda kunamatirwa.

    • truth

      It is not sad if he walks free for that is justice. It has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he raped someone and that the pp fell so short. Their witnesses were obliterated on the stand. Their credibilty torn to shreads. You may not like polygamy. You may not like his lifestyle but it is not a crime. He is innocent and the verdict should be not guilty otherwise we will fight until we have no breath to fight for this innocent man.

      • CCTM10

        Ko Truth uchiroko here?
        40 is the number of justice…

  • Tonderayi Chanakira

    Some people abuse CHRISTIANITY in the name of FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

    • truth

      Iwe chanakira nyarara. Muri vana vebarika imi. This is man is being persecuted for polygamy under the guise of rape. Ngwara mhani.

  • Truth Ndiyani

    Truth kana urimurume you are a rapist yourself and you need to be investigated, kkkkkkkkkkk, kanaurimukadzi wanzwa nekuwachiswa naGumbura saka waakutya kuti wachiswo ne mari zvese zvingaende, manje wakaura, Gumbura arikutoenda. Guys remember Katsiru and dont forget Nzira. Nzira inongove imwechete kana uri munhu anoita zvakashata kudai, apa uchishandisa shoko raMwari zvisiriizvo. Vakomana nevasikana, anababa naana mai, tose tiri vanhu ngatiregei kutamba neshoko raMwari tichiita rematakanana naro. Thos who wrote the Bible were inspired of God, so beware to misuse and misquote God’s word

    • truth

      David and Solomon had many wives and concubines if it was up to you then you would burn them on a skate like you want to do to the Apostle.

      • jonny

        David and Solomon were not pastors or apostles. They were kings.please understand scripture

  • True Christianity

    True Christianity will demand that a man will get to have sexual relations with his wife after they have married and wedded. Marriage involves paying the bride price, and the wedding is an event where both parties are witnessed exchanging vows of their commitment to each other. This idiot called Gumbura has got it all wrong as he has violated this principle, that’s why a sensible Magistrate or Judge should see that he fries in the pan despite what the two idiots think (Truth and Gumbura) believe and say. Women are not tasted like wine to see if they conceive so they can get married. its wrong kuchaya mapoto, and still argue that one is a man of God, or even to call oneself god in the manner idiot Gumbura was doing it. The title “Pastor” is and should be a sacred term that should be protected from idiots like Gumbura, for it is an institution that comes from God. Gumbura is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Jesus in the gospels warned of the false men of the cloth like Gumbura.

    • truth

      It is not a crime to sleep with many women and dump them. That may bad and immoral but it is not a crime. He is not charged with sleeping and dumping women as the pp tried to harp on. He is charged with rape. For that he is totally innocent and he should walk out of court a free man.

  • Morenamo

    there is a bank which appoints senior manager are only the basis of being End Time Message – members from CEO , and other directors etc. These guys be really good at something if a whole South African franchise is managed solely by members of this church.

  • ceebee

    i think most churches are like gumbura’s these days. the makadiwas have their own versions of indoctrinaton…especially the fake miracles. u wonder where they get their disabled people…our batch still has all of them

  • truth

    I am not Gumbura but an old time message believer. I know the evils of Chitsinde. His rank hypocrisy is nauseating.

  • Rusunguko

    TRUTH anopenga……he is just a brainwashed fellow who has been taught to feed from the pervert’s filthy hand and doesn’t think outside the Box. We will get you outside that Box. Manje anofunga kuti isu takapusa…fortunately I established who truth really is? IP address tracked right to your desk….. Regai timbopedza hedu nababa vake rapist , liar, oppressor, gumbura then tozoshanda naye. Ungaita basa rokushandisa internet yeCompany kuita support abuse of women….Sisonke Truth….

  • Phineas

    Even Satan the accuser of the brethren knows the evils of every true believer.

  • truth

    Uuuuuu l am scared. I am willing to die for the truth. Come get me you cowards