A 45-YEAR-OLD Roman Catholic nun in Masvingo, Gertrude Sunduza allegedly suffocated when she fell asleep while warming herself on a heater in her bedroom, police confirmed yesterday. Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna said:“I can confirm receiving a report to the effect that a nun with the Roman Catholic Church and working at Shingairai Study Centre was found dead on Saturday morning with burns on her arms and face. Investigations are in progress to figure out the cause of fire,” said Asst Nduna.
The police spokesperson said police and Zesa personnel could not ascertain the source of the fire.
“The cause of fire is not yet known at the moment. The scene was also attended by personnel from Fire Brigade and Zesa but could not ascertain the source,” said Asst Insp Nduna.
According to a resident, Sunduza of Shingairai Study Centre, Mucheke A fell asleep while warming herself on a heater.
“On Friday at around 10PM, Sister Sunduza who was alone in her bedroom switched on a heater after which she warmed herself. Sunduza allegedly fell asleep while the heater was still on,” she said.
She said Sister Sunduza could have forgotten to switch off the heater and suffocated in her sleep.
“She fell asleep while warming herself on a heater. The heater could have reached high temperatures and ended up suffocating Sunduza. The heater also burnt her mattress resulting in her being burn on the face and arms,” she said.
A maid at the training centre said the nun’s lifeless body was only discovered in the morning beside her badly burnt bed.
“Sister Sunduza’s body was found beside her bed by Sister in Charge, Judith Chakabveyo. The body was found with burns on the face and arms. The mattress was extremely burnt,” she said.