A heinous crime was conducted in Zimbabwe involving a roman catholic sister who was praying in Mutoko on the 22nd of October. The victim, who has been identified as Sister Plaxedes Kamundiya, 49, is said to have been preparing for a tour with St George’s mass savers students that was scheduled to take place on the 27th of October.
The perpetrator of the murder has been identified as Enock Potani, who is alleged to have stoned her while she had gone to a secluded place for prayers. The incident has been confirmed by Mashonaland East acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Tendai Mwanza. “I can confirm the incident where a woman was murdered and the criminal has been arrested.”
The murderer is scheduled to appear in court soon for contravening section 47 of the codification and reform act chapter 09; 2 ‘murder’. Close sources have revealed that the incident took place in the morning of 22nd October. “On October 22, around 10.30am the now deceased sister Plaxedes arrived at Mother of Peace Community in Mutoko where she had constructive talks with Sister Juliet Haurovi who is in charge of Stores and House Hospitality for Mother of Peace.
“She indicated that she was preparing for the tour the following weekend where she would bring donations to the orphans.
“She was enquiring about the clearance procedures to visit as a social Welfare.
“The two conversed for a long time and spent half an hour singing songs which uplift the spirit.”
“Through the conversation Sister Kamundiya learnt that there is a nice place known as Blue Cross, the glorious cross of life, which is conducive for prayers and she got interested.
“She was escorted by Sister Juliet to the gate and then went alone to the place which is about 80 metres away.
“Before leaving she had told Sister Juliet that she was not going to spend more than an hour praying.”
The source told H-Metro that Sister Juliet went back to her place and rested but when it was around 4.30 pm she made an enquiry about Sister Kamundiya’s whereabouts.
“Sister Plaxedes had promised to go back to Harare but she had spent more time at the praying ground.
“Two boys were instructed to go and look for the now deceased, but they could not find her.
“They met the accused and he confirmed that he had seen her going to Mushimbo (another place).
“More people were deployed to look for her but to no avail. They continued searching the following day (Monday) before they saw her body floating in Mutemwa dam.”
ZRP Mutoko received the report and rushed to the scene in conjunction with the CIDs who made their way to the scene where sister Plaxedes was allegedly killed. The accused confirmed that he had committed the crime after-which he was arrested and he’s currently assisting the police with investigations.
The victim’s body was then taken to Murewa mortuary for post-mortem. The accused was also caught in possession of the victim’s clothes. “Enock led the police and the CIDs to the place he had committed the crime. “He also told the police that he had used a big stone to kill her. “She had bruises on her legs (thighs) and her face was swollen indicating that she was murdered.” Some reports also state that he raped her before killing her.
“It is understood that he ra_ped her and then killed her. “He also ra_ped the dead body before throwing it into the dam. “He initially wanted to burn the body to ashes to remove the evidence. “It is understood that he also had sex with the dead body,” said the source.
In the meantime, the assistant Inspector Mwanza has appealed to members of the public to avoid worshiping on their own in secluded places where criminals can attack them. “It’s a pity that the Catholic sister lost her life while consecrating her life to the Lord.
“As ZRP we urge members of the public to avoid worshiping in secluded areas and criminals should value people’s lives. “We will continue to make sure criminals are brought to book,” he said.