Disgraced founder of RMG Independent End Time Message church, Robert Martin Gumbura was removed from remand yesterday. He was being accused of raping another woman with the assistance of his secretary, Tendai Ganyani.
The State alleged that Gumbura took advantage of an underprivileged girl and raped her with Ganyani’s help. Ganyani allegedly ordered the girl to go into Gumbura’s office and she locked the door from outside. After raping the girl, it is alleged, Gumbura phoned Ganyani to unlock the door. Both Gumbura and Ganyani were denying the charge.
Harare regional magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo dismissed the charge and removed Gumbura and Ganyani from remand. He advised the state proceed by way of summons if need be. This was after Gumbura’s lawyer Mr Tapson Dzvetero applied for refusal of further remand due to the fact that the state kept postponing the case.
Gumbura is already serving a 40-year jail term after he was convicted of four counts of rape involving three women and of possessing pornographic material in February 2014. Mr Hoseah Mujaya sentenced Gumbura to 50 years behind bars and four months for possession of pornographic material.