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NINE YEARS FOR PREMEDITATED ATTEMPTED MURDER?

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Balenga Falala

Some of us may have come across the story of the woman, Noella Rukundo, who crashed her own funeral, surprising her husband who had paid to have her killed. Read the full story HERE!!!

Her husband Balenga Falala was driven by a jealous rage where he thought his wife was going to leave him. So he sought to end her life before she got a chance to walk away thereby leaving eight (8) children motherless.

Luckily for her, the kidnappers were kind enough to tell her everything that was going on because they knew her brother so I guess they were compassionate. They also handed her recordings of their conversation with her husband where he was ordering them to kill her.

My question is WHAT DRIVES A MAN TO THAT POINT WHERE HE THINKS IT IS OKAY TO KILL ANOTHER HUMAN BEING?

Growing up, there have been times when I’ve been filled with so much rage over flimsy issues with my peers which resulted in a physical combat. I specifically remember one time when I was lucky enough to have a few people separate the ongoing “Affray” which I was involved in – Yes! I had a crazy childhood. Who didn’t?

Remember, all of this happened in my adolescence. Over the years, as I matured, I came to realise that there are more civil ways to handle disagreements and sensitive situations other than violence.

Despite the numerous methods I had/have of dealing with aggravated tension, NONE OF THEM INVOLVE MURDER.

So I ask again, at what point does someone think it is okay to take someone else’s life regardless of the reason?

Now let’s talk about Kalala’s punishment for his crime.

Given that there was hard evidence against him, Kalala pleaded guilty to the court for attempted murder and was sentenced to NINE YEARS in prison. Basically, a guilty plea attracts a reduced sentence.

So a man agreed to the fact that he deliberately planned to have his wife killed but unfortunately for him, the hired culprits chose to spare her life yet pleading guilty caused him to have a reduced sentence?

Someone please pinch me!

Who is to say that after he serves his sentence, he wouldn’t go after his wife to finish off what he started? Or isn’t it possible that he would just stay in there the entire nine years and plot his revenge on his wife?

Remember that nine years is actually four and a half with good behaviour then he would be eligible for parole. So if he plays his cards right and stays out of trouble whilst in prison, he could be a free man in less than five years of which he would be back on the road free to do whatever he pleases.

In my opinion, as much as prison or as they call it, “correctional facility” is the punishment for people who commit crime, I doubt it does any correction at all.

After all, it has been recorded that a very large percentage of people who are sent to jail for committing crime always go back to crime which is simply all they know how to do best. So what exactly are the prison yards correcting?

I really do think Kalala’s sentence is one too little and (if possible), his wife should appeal for an increased sentence.

After all, it took mere suspicion of his wife cheating and not that she actually cheated for him to release all of the rage in him to the point where he paid to have her killed. So what do we think he would do now that his wife has actually done something not quite pleasing to him which is sending him to prison?

Do we really think he would “forgive” her while he is in there? Or will he simply plot his revenge?

I think the latter is the case but if you share a different view, feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, comments and suggestions.

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  1. The reason people go back to crime is not because they dont want to be rehabilitated but because society cant accept them back in. Typically, you have to disclose that you have been to jail and why for a number of years after you have been released (I think 10 yrs for most crime). And for some crime, you are specifically banned from certain jobs e.g.handling money, dealing with vulnerable people (which often include working in any public establishment where there is remote possibility of a child, disabled, sick, elderly/ other vulnerable persons walking in and seeing you. Also depending on your crime, your boss must tell other employees of your criminal past which might set you up for bullying becuz you cant retailiate back.

    The whole rehabilitation process just doesnt work to absorb people back into the society. In most cases, it marks them as damaged goods.

    To your topic though, I agree 9 years doesnt seem like a lot. The legal system is not perfect. I remember watching a show where they went to murder someone but that person ended up on life support but the perpetrator was tried for attempted murder. If they pulled the life support, they wouldnt be tried for murder unless they wait for the person to die to go to a murder trial. I mean who does that- for all intent and purpose, that person is dead.

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    • Oh my! In that example you gave, I can’t hep but feel sorry for the family of the victim. The fact that the person that did that to their family member gets maximum sentence is comforting enough to an extent.

      So to take that away from them because of the whole life support thing is kind of wrong.

      But you’re right. The law isn’t perfect. It can be very annoying though but what can we do.

      And about the issue of rehabilitation for ex-cons, I couldn’t agree more. The society actually doesn’t give them a chance.

      In Nigeria, for example, the children of the ex-con would forever remain the children of a thief or murderer and no one would let their kids go around them so they apparently don’t “rub off” their bad blood.

      In that case, maybe there should be some kind of law against prejudice of ex-cons. Or the government should create opportunities specifically for them just to help them out and give them a chance.

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