You’d think the story you’re about to read would be a description of what happens in a movie scene, but chile’, this is real life!
Can you imagine paying your respects at a funeral of someone you know, then the person “shows up” at the funeral??
That’s exactly what happened in the case of Noela Rukundo. Noela turned the tables so effortlessly on the man who was supposed to love her but wanted her dead….her husband.
According to the BBC, Balenga Kalala paid three hitmen to kill Noela and dispose of her body.
Noela shares with BBC on how things went down:
Noela returned home to Africa from her home in Melbourne, Australia, to attend her stepmother’s funeral. “I had lost the last person who I call ‘mother’,” she says. “It was very painful. I was so stressed.”
By early evening Noela had retreated to her hotel room. As she lay dozing in the stifling city heat of Bujumbura, her phone rang. It was a call from Australia – from Balenga Kalala, her husband and father to her three youngest children.
“He says he’d been trying to get me for the whole day,” Noela says. “I said I was going to bed. He told me, ‘To bed? Why are you sleeping so early?’
“I say, ‘I’m not feeling happy’. And he asks me, ‘How’s the weather? Is it very, very hot?’ He told me to go outside for fresh air.”
Noela took his advice.
Moments after stepping outside the hotel compound, Noela found herself in danger.
“I opened the gate and I saw a man coming towards me. Then he pointed the gun on me.
“He just told me, ‘Don’t scream. If you start screaming, I will shoot you. They’re going to catch me, but you? You will already be dead.’
“So, I did exactly what he told me.”
The gunman motioned Noela towards a waiting car.
“I was sitting between two men. One had a small gun, one had a long gun. And the men say to the driver, ‘Pass us a scarf.’ Then they cover my face.
After that, I didn’t say anything. They just said to the driver, ‘Let’s go.’
I was taken somewhere, 30 to 40 minutes, then I hear the car stop.”
Noela was pushed inside a building and tied to a chair.
“One of the kidnappers told his friend, ‘Go call the boss.’ I can hear doors open but I didn’t know if their boss was in a room or if he came from outside.
“They ask me, ‘What did you do to this man? Why has this man asked us to kill you?’ And then I tell them, ‘Which man? Because I don’t have any problem with anybody.’ They say, ‘Your husband!’ I say, ‘My husband can’t kill me, you are lying!’ And then they slap me.
“After that the boss says, ‘You are very stupid, you are fool. Let me call who has paid us to kill you.'”
The gang’s leader made the call.
“We already have her,” he said.
Her husband’s voice echoed from the loudspeaker for Noela could hear: “Kill her.” After hearing her husband’s voice, Noela tells BBC she passed out.
“I heard his voice. I heard him. I felt like my head was going to blow up,” She tells BBC. “I knew he was a violent man,” admits. “I didn’t believe he can kill me. I loved this man with all my heart! I give him, beautiful and handsome, two boys and one girl. So I don’t know why he choose to kill me.”
As the gang’s leader ended the call to Kalala, Noela was coming round.
“I said to myself, I was already dead. Nothing I can do can save me.
But he looks at me and then he says, ‘We’re not going to kill you. We don’t kill women and children.'”
Apparently, hubby wasn’t aware of his hitmen’s policy, and as a result, Noela made her way back home a few days later, safe and unharmed….Just in time for her own funeral.
“It was around 7.30pm,” Noela says. “He was in front of the house. People had been inside mourning with him and he was escorting a group of them into a car.”
It was as they drove away that Noela sprang her surprise.
“I was stood just looking at him. He was scared, he didn’t believe it. Then he starts walking towards me, slowly, like he was walking on broken glass.
“He kept talking to himself and when he reached me, he touched me on the shoulder. He jumped.
“He did it again. He jumped. Then he said, ‘Noela, is it you?’… Then he start screaming, ‘I’m sorry for everything.'”
According to BBC, Noela called the police who ordered Kalala off the premises and later obtained a court order against him. Days later, the police instructed Noela to call Kalala. Kalala made a full confession to his wife, captured on tape, begging for her forgiveness and revealing why he had ordered the murder.
“He say he wanted to kill me because he was jealous,” says Noela. “He think that I wanted to leave him for another man.”
She rejects the accusation.
With the evidence the hitmen gave Noela that would incriminate Kalala and a full confession ordered by police, Kalala was given a nine-year prison sentence in Dec. of 2015. Read the full story on BBC.