Prophet de­nies mur­der charges

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ONE of the two Bu­l­awayo prophets who al­legedly stran­gled a po­lice of­fi­cer in a bushy area near Khami Dam and robbed him of a car, $200, a lap­top and two smart phones, has claimed the cop gave him the prop­erty as a token of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for cleans­ing his two haunted houses.

Pa­trick Matik­iti (26) of Sauer­stown and As­sur­ance Moyo (23) of Loben­gula West al­legedly took Mr Nh­lalo

Ndlovu to the bush to “cleanse him of evil spir­its” where they al­legedly killed and robbed him of a Toshiba lap­top, a G-Tel and Huawei cell­phones and his car, a Toy­ota Noah, which they later sold in Harare in De­cem­ber 2014.

The duo’s mur­der trial con­tin­ued be­fore Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Francis Bere on Thurs­day.

Matik­iti took to the wit­ness stand and told the court that he knew noth­ing about the al­leged mur­der.

“I know noth­ing about the charge. I was sur­prised when po­lice ar­rested me and ac­cused me of killing the now de­ceased who was my client.,” said Matik­iti.

“In fact, the last time I saw him (Ndlovu) was on the day he gave me his car, cell­phones and lap­top as ap­pre­ci­a­tion for fix­ing his two houses in Bu­l­awayo and Vic­to­ria Falls. The houses were be­ing haunted by his late wife and I man­aged to cleanse them of the evil spir­its,” he said.

Matik­iti also ac­cused po­lice of forc­ing him to­gether with Moyo to the scene of the al­leged crime amid threats to shoot them if they re­sisted.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers took us to a bushy area near Khami Dam and forced us to point out a spot where they al­leged that we killed the de­ceased and robbed him of his car, money and other valu­ables,” he said.

Matik­iti said Ndlovu con­fided in him that he was se­cretly go­ing to South Africa to look for his child.

“Ndlovu was a man of many girl­friends and was very se­cre­tive in ev­ery­thing that he did.

“He didn’t even tell his fam­ily and rel­a­tives that he was go­ing to South Africa when he dis­ap­peared and I had to keep it a se­cret,” he said.

Ms Hloniphani Buhwa, who was Mr Ndlovu’s girl­friend, told the court that when she con­tacted Matik­iti about her boyfriend’s where­abouts, he claimed that he was taken by a mer­maid.

She said he also claimed that the spir­its re­vealed to him that Mr Ndlovu was alive.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Nokuthaba Ng­wenya said on De­cem­ber 10, 2014, shortly af­ter 6.30PM, Mr Ndlovu ap­proached Matik­iti and Moyo seek­ing to be cleansed of evil spir­its.

Mr Ndlovu had just ar­rived from Lu­pane where he was study­ing mid­wifery at St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal when he sought help from the two al­leged prophets.

The court heard that Matik­iti and Moyo, who al­ready had in­for­ma­tion that Mr Ndlovu was car­ry­ing cash and some valu­ables in his car, hatched a plan to rob him of his be­long­ings.

Upon ar­rival at Khami Dam at about 9PM, the two men dis­em­barked be­fore they led Mr Ndlovu to a nearby bush where they pur­port­edly in­tended to con­duct a cleans­ing cer­e­mony to drive away the evil spir­its.

They al­legedly man­han­dled the cop and choked him us­ing a piece of cloth from their gar­ments. Af­ter rob­bing him, they left his body in the bush. The two drove to Harare where they sold the car. The duo’s ar­rest was based on a strong sus­pi­cion fol­low­ing a re­port by rel­a­tives that Mr Ndlovu was last seen when he vis­ited Matik­iti’s home for con­sul­ta­tion.

Mr Ndlovu’s bone, tooth and tooth­brush were taken to the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) Ap­plied Ge­netic Test­ing Cen­tre for DNA pro­fil­ing and the sam­ples matched the po­lice of­fi­cer’s iden­tity af­ter an­other pa­ter­nity test was con­ducted on the cop’s son and sis­ter.

When po­lice searched Matik­iti’s house they found Mr Ndlovu’s po­lice ID.

The two men then led po­lice to the scene of the crime for in­di­ca­tions where the other stolen goods were re­cov­ered. The ac­cused per­sons’ wit­nesses will tes­tify on Monday. — @mash­nets

Pa­trick Matik­iti and As­sur­ance Moyo

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