Nun killer causes stir in court

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Harare – A 20-year old Mutoko man who reportedly murdered a Catholic nun in cold blood caused commotion in court as he refused to leave the dock demanding to be heard.

Enock Potani hauled insults at Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa saying he should not be tried for his crimes on the basis that he is mentally challenged.

It took four prison guards to get him back to the court cells as he ranted on about how he deserved to be heard and set free.

Potani has been inducted for trial at the High Court on November 12.

Before any individual believed to be mentally unfit for trial, the court orders two medical doctors to examine him before he can be inducted for trial.

Potani from Chouriri village under Chief Mutoko, reportedly confessed to killing Sister Ruvadiki Plaxedes Kamundiya, a teacher at Hartmann House, which is part of St George’s College in Harare.

Kamundiya allegedly went to the Mother of Peace community in Mutoko on a tour to assess the preparations for a school visit by St George’s College mass servers that was scheduled for Friday.

She was welcomed by Juliet Haurovi (37) before the two had discussions as well as touring the centre.

It is reported that the now-deceased was told about the Blue Cross, popularly known as the Glorious Cross of Life, and expressed interest to visit it before returning to Harare.

The nun went to the cross at the mountain on foot about 80 metres from the Mother of Peace community, leaving Haurovi behind.

After realising that Kamundiya had taken long to return and that her car was still where she had parked it, Haurovi sent James Chinamano (17) and Simon Muhamba (17), who are both orphans at the institution, to look for Kamundiya, who had indicated that she wanted to pray before going back to Harare.

The two returned and told Haurovi that they had failed to locate Kamundiya, but said they saw Potani at the Blue Cross and had been told that he had seen the now-deceased praying before leaving for the village.

Haurovi teamed up with Beaula Musere (44) and found the suspect still at the cross and asked him whether he had seen Kamundiya.
They were, however, told that she had left for Mushimbo.

The following day, it is reported that Panganayi Robert and Givemore Chibanda of Mutemwa Leprosy Centre joined in the search and found the body of Kamundiya floating in Mutemwa Dam.

The matter was reported to the police, who retrieved the body before being led to where Potani was.

It is reported that he was quizzed and confessed that he had killed Kamundiya.

He then led the police officers to a nearby farm where a blood-stained golden dress (church regalia), shoes, an inner garment and hair band belonging to the now-deceased were recovered wrapped in a blood-stained white sack.

It is said Potani also led to the discovery of blood-stained inner garments which were stashed in his suitcase.

He was also found in possession of three different sets of inner garments, giving the impression that he might have raped the nun.

He also told the police that he had used a stone in committing the murder. The stone was recovered.

Kamundiya’s body was taken to the Murewa District Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.

Kamundiya was a well-known gospel music composer and was a member of the Harare Composers’ Association.

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