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Killer gets 30 years for brutal slaying of Ugandan gay rights activist

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Ugandan court on Thursday sentenced a man to 30 years in jail for the brutal slaying earlier this year of David Kato, one of Uganda’s leading gay rights activists.

David Kato

Justice Joseph Mulangira handed down the sentence to 22-year-old Enoch Nsubuga, who had admitted that he that he bludgeoned Kato to death with a hammer at his home outside Kampala in January.

Nsubuga claimed that he had been reacting to unwanted demands for sex.

Prior to his murder, Kato, 46, had been featured in an anti-gay newspaper that “outed” people it said were gay and called on the government to kill them. Kato’s photograph was published on the cover under the headline: “Hang Them.”

But police said Nsubuga was a “thief” known to Kato, and the murder was not related to the victim’s campaign for gay rights.

Homosexuality is illegal in 37 African nations, including Uganda, and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and loss of jobs.

Kato was also prominent in opposing the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill which is currently before the Ugandan Parliament. The bill, which could result in the death penalty for certain homosexual acts, has received world-wide condemnation.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:03pm
  2. Kato was my pastor’s friend, our contact in Uganda. We pray that African countries get out of the 17th century.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:04pm
  3. DEAR MIN, I AM VERY SORY FOR YOUR FRIEND KATO. AND HOPE THAT KILLER STAY AL THAT 30 YRARS INTO PRISON, NO MERCY FOR HIM

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:06pm
  4. i hope there prison system is apalling and he ends up dying in his 30th year of prison by way of another inmate being him up or eather a life time of sicknioss

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:08pm
  5. too little if you ask me :( he should have at least for life :(

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:08pm
  6. somewhat good but he should of gotten life any1 else would of

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:08pm
  7. He should’ve gotten life.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:12pm
  8. But then again… it is in Uganda. I don’t know what goes on there.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:13pm
  9. Only 30? Wow. Someone got off good.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:13pm
  10. anyone that murders someone should be put away for life. and capitol punishment should be outlawed.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:22pm
  11. Joe, it costs $140 per day to keep a person in prison, not counting any appeals or other actions paid for by the state. If the person has no chance of ever going free…why not save the tax money and open the cell up for someone who might be rehabilitated?

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:14pm
  12. Most murderers who are executed commit no further crimes.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:14pm
  13. have you ever seen a picture of video of David Kato? SMALL, PETITE man. I just do not see him overpowering anyone for rape. Okay, so they got LOTs of the details wrong in court but STILL convicted him. GREAT.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 9:47pm
  14. don’t think the Ugandan government is big on democracy let alone likely to do the whole appeals thing-not that he should get out EVER…ofcourse bullets are cheap

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:58pm
  15. at least some justice…

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 3:41am
  16. Too many things don’t add up in this entire story.

    Uganda is notorious for beating confessions out of innocent men, and I suspect there is more to this than meets the eye.

    If Enoch did not like sexual advances, all he had to do was leave the house. So I do not believe his story, none of it.

    I’m guessing Enoch confessed under duress of being hanged as a thief, but I do not believe he killed David Kato.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8:39am
  17. Not enough time, if you ask me.

    Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 9:16am
  18. He killed an innocent with an intentional future, how can he still deserve to live?

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:27pm
  19. Life in solitary confiment locked out from the rest of the world is a fitting punishment instead of 30 years in jail if you ask me.

    Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 8:28am