Ugandan citizen jailed for Kato murder
November 10, 2011
A Ugandan man was today sentenced to at least 30 years in jail for the murder of the African country’s leading rights activist for homosexuals, David Kato, in January.
Mr Sidney Nsubunga Enoch confessed in court that he bludgeoned Mr Kato with a hammer, although he alleged that he was provoked by some sexual advances that came from him. Across the world, the murder sparked great outrage, with governments of Western governments calling on Uganda’s government to legalise homosexuality. At present, most Ugandans are under the assumption that homosexuality is neither Christian nor African.
Mr Kato was killed not long after a newspaper provided the names and home addresses of Ugandans they said were either gay or lesbian directly under a headline that read “Hang them”. He was teaching at a school while being one of Uganda’s premier gay rights activists who had led a passionate campaign against a bill which included the death penalty being introduced for those found guilty of committing homosexual acts.
In the aftermath of the murder, parliament in Uganda adjourned without debating it. American President Barack Obama publicly condemned the bill while donors urged Uganda’s government to make sure it never becomes law. In October, David Cameron said that Britain would reduce aid to any countries that refuse to legalise homosexuality.