RMG Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura, whose judgment on allegations of raping seven women in his church will be passed on January 24 by regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya, will on March 31 stand trial over a separate rape charge involving another female congregant.
Although Gumbura is alleged to have raped 11 women — including church members and others under his care — since 2005, his recently concluded trial was conducted in respect of just seven of the women.
The trial set for March 31 is over allegations levelled by one of his alleged victims who was in South Africa when the trial over charges levelled by the seven women was conducted.
In the latest case, Gumbura is said to have raped the woman in early 2009 at his house at Number 6 Helena Close in Marlborough, Harare, with the assistance of his secretary, Tendai Ganyani, who is also being charged with rape and another separate charge of illegal possession of pornographic materials for which she will also stand trial on January 29.
Meanwhile, Gumbura’s bail application over the latest charge in the High Court was deferred to January 21 by Justice Esther Muremba on Thursday to enable Innocent Muchini of the National Prosecuting Authority and Gumbura’s lawyer Rekayi Maphosa to file their heads of argument.