The woman who crashed her own funeral surprising her husband who had just paid three hit men to kill her is now facing another frightening ordeal. Noela Rukundo, who was kidnapped by the three hit men after her husband hired the trio, is alive today because the men changed their mind, but since then she’s had to move away from the community because she became a target for turning her husband into the police.
According to the Canada Journal on February 7, Noela Rukundo and her husband Balenga Kalala live in Melbourne, Australia, but Rukundo is originally from Burundi. When her stepmother died, Rukundo flew back to Burundi to attend her funeral while her husband remained home with their eight kids.
After the funeral services, Rukundo, who was a bit despondent over the loss of her stepmother, went back to her hotel room to get some rest. This is when her husband called her from Australia and was adamant she go out for a walk and get some fresh air instead of staying in and getting more depressed.
She took his advice, but as soon as she walked out the door she had a gun in her face. She was taken to an empty warehouse by three men who tied her to a chair and told her they were hired by her husband to kill her.
They called her husband and let her listen on speaker phone telling him they had her in their custody. What she heard next was not only devastating, but ended up being words that still echo in her head today. Her husband said, “kill her.”
According to MSN News, 11 years ago Kalala had arrived in Australia as a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo at the same time Rukundo had arrived in Australia from Burundi. The two met at the resettlement agency, where both had been assigned the same social worker. “Since Kalala already knew English, their social worker often recruited him to translate for Rukundo, who spoke Swahili.”
MSN describes how “they fell in love, moved in together in the Melbourne suburb of Kings Park, and had three children (Rukundo also had five kids from a previous relationship). She learned more about her husband’s past — he had fled a rebel army that had ransacked his village, killing his wife and young son. She also learned more about his character.” She learned he had some violent tendencies. She said, “I knew he was a violent man. But I didn’t believe he can kill me.”
Rukundo is alive today because the hit men her husband hired decided to keep the money and set her free after keeping her captive for two days. They left her on a rural road with a cell phone and recordings of their phone calls with her husband including the one where she heard her husband say , “kill her.”
Thinking his wife was dead Kalala told family and friends back home that she had died in an accident in Burundi, but little did he know she would soon prove him very wrong. Back home she worked with police to have her husband arrested and she started by crashing her own funeral.
She waited outside her home in a car, where people had come to mourn her loss alongside her husband and eight children. As the event was breaking up and her husband was outside waving good-by to the mourners, she stepped out of the car and walked towards him.
He looked as if he had seen a ghost and wailed “I’m sorry for everything.” Kalala denied hiring the hit men despite the evidence she had brought back with her from Burundi.
While still working with the police, Rukundo was able to get her husband to confess to her over the phone what he had done, so he was finally arrested. He plead guilty to incitement to murder and got nine years behind bars. His motive was jealousy, as he told police he was afraid his wife was about to leave him for another man. Rukundo adamantly denies her husband’s claims.
Now with eight kids to raise alone, according to Jezebel, she is getting threats from Melbourne’s Congolese community for reporting Kalala to the police.. They live among the community of people who came from her husband’s homeland and she’s been ostracized since her husband’s arrest. She came home one day to find the door of her home kicked in and this along with the threats have prompted her to move, reports MSN News.
She was a victim of a kidnapping and set-up to be killed by her husband, but now she is a victim once again because she turned her husband in. She realizes she’s had to endure a lot and she also realizes raising eight kids on her own won’t be easy, but she considers herself a strong woman who absolutely did the right thing by turning her husband in!