Recent reports from Ugandan police claim that David Kato’s death had nothing to do with his gay rights activism.
The arrested suspect, who subsequently admitted to murdering Kato, stated that the killing was entirely unrelated to Kato’s activism. Enock Nsubuga, 22, said that Mr Kato had failed to follow through on a payment for sex, but mentioned nothing of the impact of Kato’s role as a well-known LGBT rights figure in Uganda.
Police spokesman Vincent Ssetake told Reuters, “It wasn’t a robbery and it wasn’t because Kato was an activist,” he said, before continuing, “It was a personal disagreement but I can’t say more than that.” It is reported that Nsubuga was living and working as a domestic servant in Kato’s home after having been released from prison.
Kato, who was murdered in his home near Kampala last week, was a prominent gay rights activist whose actions made him unpopular with a number of homophobic individuals, including the Ugandan publication Rolling Stone, in which his picture appeared last October under the words, ‘Hang Them’.
His death has had international resonance, with reactions and messages of condolence coming from President Obama and the Archbishop of Canterbury.