Steven Kanumba’s girl friend, actress Elizabeth Michael Kimemeta, alias Lulu, has been charged with 1st degree murder in Tanzania. Elizabeth ‘Lulu’ Michaels was said to have violently pushed her boyfriend during an argument, which ultimately led to his death.
She appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday, to answer a charge of murdering movie star Steven Kanumba in the city last Saturday.
The prosecution alleged before resident magistrate Augustino Mmbando that the accused murdered Kanumba at midnight on April 7, at Sinza Vatican on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.
She was not allowed to enter any plea as the court doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear murder cases. She will do so when the case will be transferred to the High Court.
Lulu interrupted State Attorney Ms Elizabeth Kaganda to clarify her age. “Sorry your hounour, I am not 18; my actual age is only 17,” Lulu said after the magistrate had granted her request to speak.
Ms Kaganda asked for adjournment of the case, as investigations had not been completed. She will appear in court again on April 23 when the case will come up for another mention.
She may face the death sentence if found guilty of murder.
Steve Kanumba, who was celebrated as ‘The Great’, died on the wee hours of Saturday after falling in his room, at the reported culmination of a bitter quarrel between him and the suspect, who was his girlfriend.
He was taken to hospital by his doctor, a family member and a neighbour, only to be told that Kanumba had died on the spot apparently after injuring his head severely.
One of the doctors who examined Kanumba’s body at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) hinted that the actor died on the spot after suffering from brain concussion.
The incident is said to have occurred at the home of the deceased Sinza Vatican.