5 crazy facts about Noela Rukundo’s shocking appearance at her own funeral
The remains of Noela Rukundo lay in the casket during the proceedings at her funeral in Melbourne, Australia, or so everyone thought. She was in fact alive, and was the last person to make an appearance at her Melbourne home with the most shocking revelation disclosed. After sitting in the car outside the scene for hours, Rukundo finally summed up the courage to confront her husband, Balenga Kalala who according to her ordered a team of hit men to kill her when she travelled to her native Burundi to attend her step-mother’s funeral. Not only did she crash her own funeral, she bravely involved the police and sought help from her pastor and the Kenyan and Belgian embassies to return to Australia.
Why would Kalala want to murder his wife and just how much may his past have affected his decision to commit such an atrocity? Here are 5 crazy facts about Noela Rukundo’s shocking appearance at her own funeral:
Kalala told everyone she had died in a ghastly accident.
The three hit men who were paid thousands of dollars to kill Rukundo gave her a cellphone, recordings of their phone conversations with Kalala, and receipts for the $7,000 in Australian dollars they allegedly received in payment.
Noela’s husband has a disturbing past. He fled a rebel army in Congo that had attacked his village killing his ex-wife and young son before moving to Australia.
It all started a year ago. Rukundo was abducted from a hotel near Bujumbura in Burundi about a year ago. After the hit men released her two days later she began plotting her next move and that led up to the events of Feb. 22, 2015 at her funeral at the family home.
Although Kalala initially denied involvement, he later pleaded guilty. The police secretly recorded him confessing to the crime during a phone conversation with Rukundo. Kalala was sentenced to nine years in prison for incitement to murder.
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