In an interview with ABC, Rukundo gave her account of what happened next. She heard a man’s voice say, “You woman, what did you do for this man to pay us to kill you?”
“What are you talking about?” she replied.
“Balenga sent us to kill you.”
Rukundo couldn’t believe what they were telling her, literally. She laughed in their faces – why would her own husband, pictured above, want to do something like this to her?
But her captures weren’t as amused. “You’re a fool,” they told her.
Rukundo could hear a phone call being made somewhere nearby on speakerphone. It was ringing – then someone was on the other end. To her horror, she heard her husband, Balenga.
“Kill her,” he said. Rukundo’s head was spinning. She immediately fainted.
But when Rukundo awoke, her kidnappers told her that they weren’t going to kill her. As it turned out, Rukundo was lucky enough to be kidnapped by probably one of the few groups of hitmen in the world that has a moral compass.
Keep Reading to find out what these men were going to do to help Rukundo, and how she started devising a plan to get back at her murderous husband.
A Merciful Murderer
As it turned out, the men that Kalala had hired to kill Rukundo were familiar with her brother, and didn’t believe in killing women or children. They told Rukundo that they were going to let her live, but they were also going to do her one better.
Two days later, they left Rukundo on the side of the road with a cellphone containing recordings of their conversations with her husband, and physical evidence of the $5,000 US equivalent they had been paid in Australian currency. The killers were going to keep the money, but they wouldn’t tell her husband that she was still alive.
“We just want you to go back, to tell other stupid women like you what happened,” Rukundo recalls the men saying. Not the most eloquent or kind words to leave her with, but they did leave her alive.
Rukundo Wasted No Time Getting To Work On Her Plan
With help from Kenyan and Belgian embassies, and a phone conversation with her pastor back in Melbourne, Rukundo was able to secure travel plans back to Melbourne without notifying her husband that she was still alive.
Back home in King’s Park, Kalala had told family and friends that Rukundo died in a tragic accident on their trip to Burundi. Five days after the incident we come back to the very funeral service where our story opened. “I felt like somebody who had risen again,” Rukundo told the BBC.