RIP David Kato

As most will know by now, Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato was found murdered at his home on Wednesday. He campaigned tirelessly in a country which even now is considering imposing laws that will introduce stiff punishments – including death – to those Ugandans who are not considered acceptable by the moral mob. That their morality does not include tolerance or acceptance is something that defies logic.

Police there say they are treating his murder as a robbery gone bad. It seems that Uganda has a special part of their criminal code that classifies LGBT activists beaten to death with a hammer in their home when nothing was stolen as ‘robbery’.

Modern Ghana has an excellent piece on Kato and the environment he worked in. The environment, sadly, remains.

London-based Lesbian, gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) has joined the world to condemn the murder of a Ugandan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights activist.

David Kasule Kato, 46, a gay rights campaigner was brutally murdered in his house in Mukono, approximately 14 miles from Ugandan capital Kampala on Wednesday, January 26, in unclear circumstances.

Kato’s murder has stirred up, condemnation to Ugandan government for its stance against gay community in the country. The US’s Secretary of State for Africa Affairs, Jonnie Carson, in a Twitter message described Kato’s murder as a “horrified and saddened “incident.

Peter Tachell, the famous European gay-rights campaigner said: “My sincere condolences to Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and to the Ugandan LGBTI community concerning the tragic, brutal murder of David Kato.”

Kato, last month, had received homophobic death threats and had been pictured and named by Uganda’s Rolling Stone Magazine in an article that called for gay people to be killed.

Read the rest of the Modern Ghana article here.

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