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Ugandan police announce arrest in murder of gay activist David Kato

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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Giles Muhame, Editor of Uganda's Rolling Stone tabloid.

Nsubuga Enock, the primary suspect in the murder of prominent Uganda gay rights activist David Kato, was arrested Tuesday enroute to visit with his girlfriend, according to Vincent Ssetake, a spokesman for the Ugandan National Police Force.

Ssetake confirmed that Enock had confessed to the murder, but, according to Ssetake, Enock told police that the crime wasn’t a robbery and it wasn’t because Kato was an activist.

“It was a personal disagreement but I can’t say more than that.” Ssetake said.

Police told reporters last week that Enock, whom they described as a “well-known thief,” had been staying with Kato after the activist bailed him out of prison on January 24.

Kato, one of the country’s most visible gay rights activists, was pummeled to death with a claw hammer in his home last Thursday and died on the way to hospital.

Kato had been featured in an anti-gay newspaper in October that “outed” people it said were gay, and called on the government to kill them. His photograph was published on the cover under the headline: “Hang Them.”

Giles Muhame, managing editor of the Rolling Stone, a Uganda tabloid, condemned Kato’s killing, and insisted that his publication had not called for gays to be harmed:

“We want the government to hang people who promote homosexuality, not the public to attack them,” Muhame said.

LGBTQ rights activists said they were wary that the country’s national police agency would attempt to cover up any motive indicative of homophobia to protect Western Aid upon which the impoverished Ugandan nation relies on.

Activists along with close friends of the slain gay equality rights leader said they wanted proof from police that Kato was not killed over his sexuality.

In a story released this afternoon online by the Daily Monitor, a major daily newspaper in Kampala, Uganda, a police source speaking on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, told a reporter that Enock allegedly confessed to killing the activist because he was “tired of engaging in homosexual practices.”

“We have taken him to Mukono Magistrate’s Court to record an extrajudicial statement,” the source said. “He told us that he killed Kato after he failed to give him a car, a house and money he promised as rewards for having sex with him.”

According to the unnamed police source, Enock accused Kato of having sex with him and promising to pay him while he was staying at Kato’s residence. Enock allegedly told the police he got tired of having homosexual intercourse with Kato but that the activist ignored his complaints.

“The suspect said he left the bedroom, went to a store and picked a hammer which he used to hit him [Kato] while he was still in bed,” the source said.

Enock appeared in court hearing Wednesday evening.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. Thank goodness.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 9:29pm
  2. I am glad they the caught the person so fast,what a horrible crime!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 9:31pm
  3. finally

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 9:33pm
  4. ~ roaring applause ~
    ONE WORD FOR THAT MURDERER:
    #VILE !!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 9:42pm
  5. Someone was caught,however it does not change the policy of persecution that our brothers and sisters have to endure in Uganda, Idi Amin aided the persecution of ethnic and other groups Amin retaliated against the attempted invasion by Ugandan exiles in 1972 by purging the army of Obote supporters, predominantly those from the Acholi and Lango ethnic groups.[29] In July 1971, Lango and Acholi soldiers were massacred in the Jinja and Mbarara Barracks,[30] and by early 1972, some 5,000 Acholi and Lango soldiers, and at least twice as many civilians, had disappeared.[31] The victims soon came to include members of other ethnic groups, religious leaders, journalists, artists, senior bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, homosexuals, students and intellectuals, criminal suspects, and foreign nationals. In this atmosphere of violence, many other people were killed for criminal motives or simply at will.[32] HMMMMM WAKIE WAKIE PEOPLE,PEACE

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 11:02pm
  6. I smell BS. It sounds like the standard “gay panic” defense. The Ugandan police force is notoriously corrupt. Kato- who was afraid to meet journalists in public- hired this straight man with a criminal history to be his personal prostitute? He’d be that reckless because he just HAD to have that deviant gay sex all the time? Sounds like a bad script only a homophobe would write.

    Was this suspect coerced into making this story? Did he kill Kato and then use the “gay panic” defense? Stop cheering the fact that they caught “someone” and let’s think about this.

    Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 9:24am
  7. Aren’t you being a little quick to believe this “confession” is true? The Ugandan government definitely did NOT want this to be a homophobic hate-crime because they’ve already gotten criticism from the West for the “kill the gays” bill. Police in the US have extracted false confessions before (this has been proved many times over) so why would you doubt that the Ugandan police could do the same thing for political motives?

    I’m not saying that Enock didn’t do it. I don’t know and neither does anyone else really, not for sure. All we have to go on is statements by the Ugandan police who are not neutral parties. I’d feel much better if this conclusion had been reached by outside investigators instead of a group with a vested interest in it turning out a certain way.

    Posted on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 8:04pm