Senior Court Reporter
A Harare regional magistrate yesterday set March 31 as the trial date for polygamous Harare pastor Robert Martin Gumbura in the case in which he is accused of raping yet another woman. The woman, who is now back in the country from South Africa, alleges that the leader of RMG Independent End Time Message raped her with the assistance of his secretary Tendai Ganyani.
The regional magistrate, Ms Fadzai Mthombeni, remanded Gumbura and Ganyani to March 31 for their trial.
On Thursday, the High Court deferred to next week Tuesday a bail application by Gumbura in respect of that woman’s case.
Gumbura has seven other pending cases which are due for judgment and regional magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya is expected to deliver the judgment next Friday.
Ms Rekai Maposa is representing the pair.
The prosecutor, Mrs Kudzai Chigwedere, alleges that Gumbura took advantage of an underprivileged girl whom he had adopted and raped.
The girl started staying at Gumbura’s house in 2009 together with other female church members.
It is alleged that during the same year, Ganyani ordered the girl to enter into Gumbura’s office and she locked the door from outside.
Gumbura, the court heard, told the woman that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her and she refused.
He allegedly grabbed her and forcibly removed all her clothes before raping her.
It is the State’s case that he threatened to curse her if she reported the matter to anyone. After raping the girl, it is alleged Gumbura phoned Ganyani and ordered her to unlock the door.
The complainant reported the matter on March 18 last year after realising that other victims had successfully reported similar cases against the man of cloth.