Jailed RMG Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura and eight fellow inmates have hired Lovemore Madhuku to represent them in a case in which they are being accused of masterminding a failed jailbreak from Chikurubi Maximum Prison in 2015.
Gumbura and his fellow inmates have been on trial since 2015 but only four witnesses out of 23 have testified since then. Madhuku said he was going to push for a speedy trial adding that he will still be assisted by Gumbura’s lawyer Tapson Dzvetero. Gumbura’s accomplices include Blessing Chiduke (25), Lucky Mhungu (38), Taurai Dodzo (47), Thomas Chacha (37), Thulani Chizema (32), Jacob Sibanda (28), Elijah Vhumbunu (38) and notorious armed robber, Lucky Matambanadzo (39). Only Elijah Vumbunu is out of custody on bail for the case after completing his 10-year sentence for robbery.
They are all facing charges of attempting to escape from lawful custody, incitement in aggravating circumstances or alternatively, conspiracy in aggravating circumstances for malicious damage to property. The group is being tried by Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo.