Gumbura wives trial to begin next week

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Pastors Gumbura's wives, relatives and well wishers leaving court recently. The pastor, who is being charged with the rapeof several church members is currently in custody awaiting ruling on the matter in January. Picture: Hilary Maradzika

THE trial of four of RMG Independent End Time Message Church founder Robert Martin Gumbura’s wives — who are facing charges of illegal possession of pornographic materials together with four other church women – is set to begin next week.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

Although the State, represented by Michael Reza, told provincial magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe yesterday that they were ready for trial, the accused persons’ lawyer, Rekai Maphosa, requested for more time to get instructions from her clients.

Reza told the court that their witness, Censorship Board chairperson James Malaba, was ready to testify.

Gumbura’s wives — Choice Neganye (32), Amadeus Mutakwa (32), Pamela Mukandawire (27) and Runyararo Musvosvi (27) — are facing charges of production and dissemination of undesirable pictures.

They are being charged together with other female church members Rutendo Sekai Mandiya (28), Veronica Mbanga (27), Tendai Kwatara (34) and Moreblessing Takawira (35).

The women, all of whom reside at Gumbura’s house at Number 6 Helena Close in Malborough, Harare, are on $30 bail each.

The State’s case is that on October 21 last year, a team of police officers from the Victim Friendly Unit received information that there were incidences of abuses against women and children at Gumbura’s residence.

The following day, a team of five police officers went to the house to carry out a search.

During the search, the police officers allegedly recovered 16 pornographic DVDs and 57 pictures of the accused persons posing naked.

The court heard that the pictures were taken to the Censorship and Entertainment Board for an opinion and Malaba concluded that 49 of the pictures were “indecent, obscene and objectionable and should, therefore, be rejected, banned and prohibited”.

The pictures are set to be produced in court as exhibits.

Meanwhile, Gumbura, whose trial on nine rape counts involving six members of his RMG End Time Message Church caused a media frenzy late last year, will know his fate today.

Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya is expected to deliver judgment to the matter after over a month-long trial.

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  1. Im beginning to smell a rat in all ths Gumbura thng. PossiblyThe Chitsinde smear campaign conspiracy wc gumbura was sayn all along.
    If taking my body naked pictures is a crime then we all deserve imprisonment.Imbosiyayi yababa ipere mozotanga iyi.
    After all imprisoning 3wives leaves him 8others.

  2. ichi ndicho chimutemo chakadhakwa..tinorambidzwa kuona zvatinoda tagove vana vadiki here..ko inga e tv inongozviburitsa michiona mudzimba dzenyu wani..vanhu vese pono dzakazara mudzimba umu even maministers kusvika mapurisa zvese masoja..hapana vanhu vakuru vasina kana kuti vangati havasati vamboona mapicture or mamovie epono..

  3. Hapana nyaya apa, seems Gumbura z being framed.If takng foftz of ur own body z a crime, kubva dai vana Tino Katsande vakazvitora havng sex should hav been in prison by now- they never got arrested! So wats it abt Gumbura’s wives?

  4. Hahahaha! kana Gumbura akasungwaka, apa ndiri kutorawo one wemukadzi wake chete. Vana vadokoka ava & vanofanira kunge vachinaka chaizvo. Hahahaha, une mhosva ndiGumbura kwete vakadzi vake. Be aware of overreacting and punishing some innocent souls.

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