By Mutsa Makuvaza
RMG Independent End Time Message leader Robert Martin Gumbura has died at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.
He was 64.
Gumbura was jailed effective 40 years following his conviction on four counts of rape and one count of illegally possessing pornographic material in 2014, but argued on appeal that the imprisonment term was patently disproportionate.
His death was confirmed by a Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services officer, who told HOURLYHITS.COM that the cleric succumbed to Covid-19-related complications.
“It’s true that Gumbura is dead. However, I am not authorized to speak to media,” said the officer.
After his sentencing and subsequent jailing, Gumbura made several spirited attempts to have his conviction and sentencing set aside. His success came in August last year when his lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku successfully argued for a reduction of his jail term.
Justice Felistus Chatukuta sitting with Justice Pisirayi Kwenda after hearing submissions from both the defence and prosecution counsel reduced the sentence to 25 years, of which five years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
This left Gumbura with a 20-year jail term, with half of that sentence already served taking into account one-third remission.
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