MSU Lecturer kills self after his affair with married woman is discovered


A senior lecturer who was having an affair with a married lecturer who was killed by her husband has committed suicide.

Arnold Kapenzi, who was the Executive Dean in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and Agriculture at the Midlands State University drank poison and died at Kwekwe General Hospital yesterday.

Netsai Ncube was killed by her husband Fred Nyamhanga Shavi, 63, also of Southdowns suburb in Gweru after she told him of the affair she claimed was in revenge for her husband’s alleged infidelity. Shavi was employed as an Education Inspector in the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry and allegedly hired assassins to kill Kapenzi when his wife told him about the affair.


Sources close to the family told The Chronicle that Kapenzi took his own life hours after attending Ncube’s funeral wake. Ncube’s brother, who identified himself as Munyaradzi, said Kapenzi had been to the funeral wake on Saturday. After leaving Ncube’s funeral wake, sources said Kapenzi went to his farm in Kwekwe where he allegedly consumed a yet to be identified poison.

The sources said he was rushed to Kwekwe General Hospital where he died yesterday morning. Sources said Kapenzi and Ncube were known lovers in their faculty.

“I understand that Kapenzi is the one who made sure she got employed at MSU and they were known lovers,” said a fellow lecturer. It is understood that Shavi hired a group of gold panners from Lower Gweru to kill Kapenzi and paid them $600. The balance was supposed to be paid once the job was done.

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