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JAILED cleric Robert Martin Gumbura is facing fresh rape charges but he failed to appear before a Harare magistrate on Monday.

Gumbura did not appear before Magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni after prison officials failed to transport him from his prison the court due to lack of fuel which has grounded the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

Currently, Gumbura is serving 40 years in jail after being convicted of raping his female congregates and for possessing pornographic material, and if convicted in this fresh case, he might do more jail time.

Allegations levelled against him are that he sexually abused a 29 year old woman who is currently residing in South Africa in 2009 when she staying at his house.

Prosecutors say an agreement was made between Gumbura and he woman’s parents to adopt her as his child. As part of the deal, the pastor would also pay her school fees and other needs.

The state, represented by Daniel Muchimbiri, claimed that in 2009, at a date not given in court, the woman was summoned to Gumbura’s office by his secretary, Tendai Gamanya.

Upon entering the office, Gamanya left the room and locked the door from outside, leaving the complainant in Gumbura’s company.

The pastor allegedly begged the woman to have sex with him, but she refused.

Gumbura then removed his clothes, grabbed the woman and forcibly stripped the victim’s clothes before raping her.

After the incident, Gumbura is alleged to have phoned Gamanya to return to the office and unlock the door. The woman did not report the matter to anyone, as Gumbura threatened to curse her in Satan’s hands.

The woman only reported the matter to police on 18 March 2013 after she had left Gumbura’s church.

The State told the court that Gumbura failed to come to court due to logistical problems.

“I beg this honourable court to postpone the matter so that the accused would be brought to court,” said Muchimbiri.

Gumbura’s lawyer, Rekayi Maphosa called on the state to make a commitment that the matter will be heard on April 2.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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