An inquest into the death of Tanzanian actor Steven Kanumba continued Friday, October 20, where a High Court in Dar es Salaam was told that a panga was found under the bed of the deceased (Kanumba), and black blood-like stains seen on the wall in the room where Kanumba died in April 7, 2012.
The main suspect in Kanumba’s death, actress Lulu Michael, who was the last person seen in Kanumba’s Dar es Salaam house was arraigned before High Court judge, Sam Rumanyika, on Friday.
According to state witness, a doctor, who pronounced Kanumba dead after examining his body, it is Kanumba’s younger brother, Seth Bosco, who informed him that the celebrated actor had collapsed after engaging in a fight with his girlfriend, Lulu Michael.
A detective who arrested Lulu Michael on the fateful day, Ester Zephania, told the court that a panga was found under the bed of the late actor, and that walls of the room, where the actor died had black blood-like stains.
Zephania said Seth Bosco and Kanumba’s family doctor were among the first people to record statements with the police.
The following day (April 8, 2012), Lulu Michael was arrested at Bamaga Mwenge in Dar es Salaam.
Lulu Michael, who was probed by the CID boss, Wambura, told the detectives that she was feeling unwell, and needed to visit the hospital. She was released, but later re-arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Lulu was released on bail on April 29, 2013.
The inquest continues on October 23.
Lulu Michael had in a February 17, 2014 court session revealed that she quarreled with Kanumba before he died. She, however, denied causing Kanumba’s death.
Lulu, led by her-then advocate Peter Kibatala, admitted that she was in a relationship with the late actor.
Kanumba’s brother, Bosco, had told the court that he and Kanumba had planned to go out before Lulu came over and went to Kanumba’s bedroom, where they had a private conversation.
Bosco would, a few minutes later, hear Kanumba and Lulu argue, with Kanumba questioning why Lulu picked up another man’s call when they (Lulu and Kanumba) were together.
According to court reports, Bosco witnessed Lulu attempting to storm out of Kanumba’s room, but was prevented from leaving by the actor.
Bosco told the court that after a while, Lulu came out of the room and informed him that Kanumba had fallen.
Bosco and Lulu, who rushed to Kanumba’s room, found the actor lying unconscious on the floor, and when a doctor was called and went to Kanumba’s house, he pronounced him dead after examination.
Lulu had, in April, 2012, been charged with murder at Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court, before being remanded in prison for nearly seven months.
The prosecution in January 2013, amended the charges to manslaughter.