The High Court today postponed to April 4, a bail pending appeal application by Independent End Time Message Church founder, Pastor Robert Martin Gumbura, who was in January sentenced to an effective 40 year jail term following his conviction on four rape counts.
Gumbura was sentenced to another four months jail term after he was convicted on another count of possession of pornographic material.
Initially, he was slapped with 50 years on the four rape counts but ten years were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
It is the State’s case that Gumbura would force the women to have sex with him and would subject them to spiritual fear if they turned down his requests.
Gumbura however pleaded not guilty to the charges saying he had consensual sex with the women.
Today High Court Judge, Justice Joseph Musakwa, noted that the record of proceedings concerning Gumbura’s case was not in order and ordered that it should be reconstructed by Gumbura’s lawyer with the assistance of the Clerk of Court.
Gumbura is set to stand trial on another rape charge on March 31.