Award-winning Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz and renowned actress Wema Sepetu have taken to Instagram to post encouragement messages to actress Elizabeth Lulu Michael, who was, on Monday morning (November 13), sentenced to two years in jail for unintentionally killing actor Steven Kanumba in April 7, 2012.
Posting a picture of Lulu Michael on his Instagram page, Diamond Platnumz wrote: “God has decided to give you this test because He understands you are a strong woman. He also knows that you are the only woman who can withstand this test. So, please don’t be sad. Make Him proud.”
Wema Sepetu, on the other hand, posted a picture of Lulu Michael on her timeline, and captioned it: “I am speechless! I am sorry my little sister. This too shall pass. (Adds sad face emoji).”
Dar es Saalam High Court on Monday morning found Lulu Michael guilty of manslaughter of Bongo Movies star, Steven Kanumba.
In different inquests before Dar es Salaam High Court judge, Sam Rumanyika, it emerged that Lulu Michael was the last person seen in Kanumba’s Sinza Vatican home in Kinondoni, Dar es Saalam before he died.
The court heard that Kanumba and Lulu Michael, who were lovers, engaged in a fight, when Kanumba inquired why Lulu Michael was picking up a call from another man in his presence.
The fight would turn tragic, with Lulu Michael fatally pushing Kanumba against a wall. A detective who arrested Lulu Michael on the fateful day, Ester Zephania, told the court that walls of the room, where the actor died, had black blood-like stains.
Lulu Michael’s lawyer, Peter Kibatala, requested the court to pardon the actress because she committed the crime when she “was still young”.
Kibatala further urged the court to forgive the award-winning film star so that “she can continue providing for her family”, given she is the bread-winner. None of Kibatala’s requests was granted.
The advocate has vowed to appeal against Lulu Michael’s conviction.
PANGA UNDER BED
An inquest into the death of Steven Kanumba on October 20 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.
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 Michael was released on bail on April 29, 2013.
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 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 Michael and Kanumba) were together.
According to court reports, Bosco witnessed Lulu Michael 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 Michael came out of the room and informed him that Kanumba had fallen on the floor.
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 Michael 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.