Woman Crashes Her Funeral To Surprise Her Husband Who Paid To Have Her Killed
Many women have found themselves confronting their husbands about one thing or another, but the exchange rarely goes as followed:
“Is it my eyes?” Noela Rukundo remembered her husband, Balenga Kalala, saying when he saw her. “Is it a ghost?”
“Surprise! I’m still alive!” she fired back, outside of her own funeral. Kalala assumed she was dead, since five days prior he paid a team of hit men to kill her. Talk about egg on his face.
The short story is that she won, but the long one is much more complicated.
About a year ago Rukundo left her home in Melbourne to attend the funeral of her stepmother in Burundi, where she’s from. When she called Kalala (who stayed behind) upset after the service, he told her to go outside for some fresh air. Once outside she was captured at gunpoint, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, she told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Still blindfolded, Rukundo recalled the men asking her why her husband would pay to have her killed. She did not believe them, until they spoke to Kalala himself and confirmed his orders on speakerphone.
Rukundo fainted and though she was shocked, she wasn’t totally blindsided. Their relationship seemed to start with the best of intentions 11 years ago, when their shared social worker at a resettlement agency introduced them. Kalala helped Rukundo learn english and they eventually fell in love, married and had three children. During this time Rukundo learned about her husbands violent past, which included being a part of a rebel army that ransacked a village and killed his former wife and son.
“I knew he was a violent man,” Rukundo told the BBC, but she never believed he could kill her. Fortunately the men seemed more interested in teaching her a lesson than following through with her husband’s demands. They also told her they didn’t believe in killing women and that they knew her brother.
“We just want you to go back, to tell other stupid women like you what happened,” they said, according to Rukundo, before letting her go.
All right, hit men. We get that you didn’t kill her and that’s cool, but there’s no need for name calling. This woman cheated death and confronted the man responsible in a way most of us couldn’t dream of. If that wasn’t enough, she tricked him into confessing on tape, according to The Age. If anyone deserves to be called stupid here it’s her husband, who’s been sentenced to nine years in prison.
At least she won’t have to run into him.