David Kato was a prominent gay rights activist and human rights defender. He was murdered yesterday, Wednesday the 26th, in his home in Kampala. I've gathered a couple of links;Brutal Murder of Gay Ugandan Human Rights Defender, David Kato
David was brutally beaten to death in his home today, 26 January 2011, around 2pm. Across the entire country, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex Ugandans mourn the loss of David, a dear friend, colleague, teacher, family member, and human rights defender.David Kato, Rest in peace my friend
David has been receiving death threats since his face was put on the front page of Rolling Stone Magazine, which called for his death and the death of all homosexuals. David's death comes directly after the Supreme Court of Uganda ruled that people must stop inciting violence against homosexuals and must respect the right to privacy and human dignity
No form of intimidation will stop fight for gay rights in Uganda - Activists on Kato's death
The responsibility for the repeated harassment, beatings, death threats and now possibly his murder lies with all those members of Parliament, religious leaders both in Uganda, other countries on the continent and in the US, who have led the campaign of hate against LGBTIQ people: David Baharti, Red Pepper newspaper, Martin Ssempa, Ugandan Minister of Ethics Nsaba Buturu, Archbishop of Rwanda, Onesphore Rwaje , Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, the All African Bishops Conference, Apolo Nsibambi of Uganda, Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi, Archbishop Akinola and Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, Peter Karamaga, the National Anti-Homosexual Task-force Uganda, President Museveni, Mrs Museveni, President Mugabe. Pastor Mulinde of Trumpet Church Uganda, Lou Engle, Rick Warren, Scott Lively and Dan Schmierer of the ex-gay group Exodus International, Jon Qwelane and President Jacob Zuma who sent him to Uganda, Bishop Lawrence Chai of Free Apostolic Churches of Kenya and Sheikh Ali Hussein of Masjid Answar Sunna Mosque. The African Union [AU] African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights who denied CAL observer status, all those who voted at the UN General Assembly Human Rights Committee to delete the reference to killings due to sexual orientation from a resolution condemning unjustified executions. And all those who hold positions of responsibility and power who refused to speak up against hatred.
Kato was murdered yesterday 26 January at his home in Kampala and witnesses allege that an unknown man was seen entering Kato home in the afternoon, hitting him twice on the head with an object, later identified as a hammer, and then fleeing the scene. “I am shocked, distressed, angry and in pain. David did not deserve to be killed, nobody does. I am in mourning, we have lost a great activist, friend, and colleague. May David’s family have the strength and courage to make it through this difficult time and may Ugandan activists find solace in our solidarity”, Judith Ngunjiri, a Kenyan activist said.
“A long-time activist, Kato had earned the title of grandfather of the kuchus, as gay men in Kampala call themselves, for his work on behalf of people in the LGBT community. In the past he has sheltered many people in his home, visited them in prison and worked for their release”, International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) said in a statement.
Murder of gay activist needs "urgent attention";
Kato, an advocacy officer for SMUG, recently won a court case against a local tabloid, The Rolling Stone, which in October 2010 published his photograph and name in an article claiming to identify Ugandan homosexuals. In November, a court ordered The Rolling Stone to cease publishing. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that it had violated their constitutional rights to privacy and ordered compensation.
"He had told me that he was not feeling safe; he was being harassed in bars and when we went to court people would be waiting for him outside, taunting him," Onziema said.