THE eleven wives of the late Robert Martin Gumbura say his death came as a huge shock as they were never alerted by authorities that he was ill. However, they all have decided not to re-marry.
This was revealed by Gumbura’s brother Innocent, who said: “It is us the siblings who seem worried, but the wives are fine, they are united and they stand together as they have always done. They have vowed that they are not going anywhere.”
He added that Gumbura died before he could get his medication.
“We got a call from prison officials the night before his (Gumbura) death, asking us to bring some medication for him. Unfortunately, when we delivered the items the following morning, he was already dead.”
Gumbura’s second wife and family spokesperson, Queen Bunga said her husband’s death came as a shock.
She said his family was not informed that he was not feeling well and up to now they are still trying to come to terms with the fact that he is no more.
Gumbura was previously reported as having said he did not mind if his wives decided to move on after his conviction in 2014, but he disputed the reports in an interview from jail in 2019.
Apart from the issues of the wives moving on, Gumbura ’s death has brought questions about the fate of his 11 wives, 33 children, church and various businesses and properties he left behind.
His first-born is 38-years-old, while the last is aged eight. The total number of assets is yet to be ascertained but includes 11 houses, several church buildings, a mine, a farm and a fleet of more than 20 vehicles.
Nothing has been distributed yet, said Innocent. He added that all Gumbura’s wives are moving to a central point in Harare so that the issue of his estate can be resolved with all of them available.
“The family is still collecting all his personal belongings from his various homes around the country, bringing them to his Harare residence.
“Likewise, we have asked all the wives to temporarily move to Harare so that we do things as a family at once.”
He was initially sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2014, 10 of which were suspended on condition of good behaviour. The court found him guilty on rape charges and possession of pornographic material.
By the time of his death, the RGM Independent End Time Messages Church founder had served nearly half of his reviewed sentence.
He died of Covid-19-related complications at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison recently, aged 65. □