By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2015.
On January 27, 2011, the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, at a time when the country’s Parliament was considering a bill to execute gay people, was murdered. Today the LGBTI Ugandan community and global activists around the world, remember David Kato Kitsule and his untimely passing.
Kato had received a stream of death threats. A few months before his murder, a Ugandan newspaper ran an anti-gay explosive rant, outing gays, with Mr. Kato’s picture on the front page under a banner urging, “Hang Them.”
Kato was beaten to death with a hammer. Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to robbery, but members of the the LGBT community in Uganda suspected otherwise. A perpetrator was caught, tried and sentenced to 30 years in prison:
“Accused murderer Sidney Nsubuga Enoch, a male prostitute, was found guilty and sentenced…
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