David Kato is Demonized at Sentencing of his Murderer

The hero who died for a cause; no justice until the truth is told!

by Melanie Nathan. November 10, 2011 ; 7:45 am

Justice Joseph Mulangira of Uganda’s Mukono High Court has sentenced Sidney Nsubuga Enoch, 22, the man who confessed to the murder of Gay rights activist David Kato to 30 years in prison.

David Kato was a local and international gay rights activist. His face appeared as one of the hundred outed gay men by Uganda’s Rolling Stone Tabloid, with the headline ” 100 Pictures of Uganda’s top Homos.” Against all odds, Kato won his case in the Uganda courts, against the publishers of the Tabloid, where his face appeared next to a headline “Hang Them!”

In February of this year, some months later and after declaring that he feared for his life, David Kato was brutally murdered in his home.

The Ugandan authorities arrested and convicted the confessed killer, but his story makes no sense. The authorities have done nothing to pursue the truth for the real motive, other than to perpetuate the story of a confessed killer who thought that if he inserted that Kato had made a demand for homosexual sex into his story, he would receive leniency.

However, I have reason to believe that the killer was set up to murder Kato for being Gay and that he thought if he established a homosexual sex demand, he would be treated leniently and perhaps even as a hero himself.

The story advanced by the Prosecutor at sentencing  has done little more than to advance the lie that gays are trying to recruit straight people into homosexuality; it feeds into the myth that children and Ugandan society are in grave danger unless homosexuality is criminalized.

Whether one considers the sentence of thirty years light or not, the bottom line is that a great hero who may well have been murdered for his cause, has yet to see justice.

The Prosecution led by Loe Karungi argued that on 26th January, 2011, at around 8:30am, while the Kato and Nsubuga were having tea together, the deceased “demanded for sex from Nsubuga : The deceased started kissing Nsubuga and tickling him but in the process.” Then apparently a third party knocked at the door – Kizza Akram – and the deceased stopped what he was doing,” Ms. Karungi told the court.

The second hand account, based on the confession of the accused continued: “After breakfast, Kizza went away to the farm where the accused followed. They both uprooted cassava and Nsubuga came back leaving Kizza in the garden. Nsubuga prepared lunch for Kizza and the deceased. After lunch the deceased locked the house and informed Nsubuga that it was time for sex,” Ms. Karungi said.

“This is the time Nsubuga told the deceased that he wanted to ease himself in the bathroom after which he would come back and have sex, “according to the Ugandan Monitor and the Prosecutor continued:- “While in the bathroom, Nsubuga picked up a hammer, came back to the living room and hit the deceased on the back of the head twice.”

Prosecutor Karungi says that Nsubuga then dragged the deceased to the bedroom where he started picking items from the deceased’s bag. The items picked included a camera, keyboard for a computer, T.shirts, shoes and a mobile phone. He opened the door, got out, and locked the door from outside. He then threw the keys in the gumboots that were outside.”

The Uganda Monitor continues its report:-

“It is also said that at 2:00 PM on that fateful day, Kizza came back from the farm and found the door locked and the music was playing loud from the house. After waiting for a while, Kizza inquired from the neighbors where Kato was and they told him that they did not know. They however informed Kizza that they had seen Nsubuga leaving the house dressed in the deceased’s clothes.

This prompted Kizza and the neighbors to peep in the deceased’s house where they saw fresh blood stains on the living room floor that prompted them to search for the house keys. Upon entering the house, they saw blood stains leading to the bedroom, where the deceased was discovered lying unconscious on the bed in a pool blood.

“They rushed him to Kyetume Health Center, from where they were referred to Mulago Hospital but the deceased passed away before this could happen. David Kato’s body was then takento Kawolo Hospital for postmortem where they discovered that the deceased had been seriously hit at the back of the head,” Ms Karungi noted.

The hunt for Nsubuga culminated in his arrest when he was spotted by Nakabago residents in Mukono district, who alerted the police. He was arrested and taken to Mukono Police Station where he admitted to the murder charges brought against him. Ms. Karungi then told court that the case against the Nsubuga was very serious and she asked court for a maximum penalty basing on the evidence that had been presented and that basing on the fact that the accused had admitted to the crime.

Kato’s death was condemned strongly by the gay, lesbian, transgender international community, local activists, as well as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, who called upon the government to investigate the cause of his death and speak out against homophobia towards the gay community in the country.

While the police issued a statement to the effect that Kato’s killing was no way related to his campaign for gay rights, many of us believe this entire story to be a cover up of the actual facts and events leading up to Kato’s brutal murder.

It is apparent that most members of the Ugandan government and officials support the David Bahati Anti-homosexuality Bill. David Kato was a vocal and out critic.  He was seen as a critical key to the international community’s drive  against the Bill.  Hence it was in Uganda’s interests to ensure his demise.

With the Anti-Homosexuality bill still lingering in Uganda’s Parliament, the Court, albeit independent, has been used as a tool to superficially meter out justice while  at the same time slandering the victim. This serves to justify the governments assertions about homosexuality.

The Ugandan government has failed to render a version of the events that makes any sense at all. On the one hand, given the context of anti-gay fervor in Uganda the story uses homosexual sex to imply that Kato’s homosexuality had something to do with his death, yet it refuses to consider that maybe it had nothing to do with sex and everything to do with a vendetta against Kato for his pro gay rights activism. This version is nothing more than the abuse of a dead hero and a means to detract from the truth about the murder.

The language used and description inserts a so called “demand for sex” as a concomitant leading to the murderer’s actions. Clearly the murderer could have left the scene and he did not. The fact that the killer had just een released from prison prior to killing Kato and that his bail had been paid by Kato, makes no sense at all.

A source has revealed to me that Kato paid the bail because he believed that the killer had been arrested for homosexual activities. I have no verification of this; however if that is the case, then perhaps Kato was set up to think that this man was a homosexual who he was helping.  The man was then planted to kill Kato, who had taken him into his home with trust!  David was scared and was watching his back.  This set up may have been a mechanism to get his guard down.   I doubt he would have been making sexual advances to unknown straight men.

My dear friend and brother David Kato, will not be forgotten and nor remembered in the way that anti-gay forces in Uganda would have us believe. If anyone knew David, he was not a man who would have demanded sex from anyone.

Nothing will stop us from remembering the real David Kato; the fervent activist who fought with courage that knowing his life was at great risk. David Kato died for his cause.

This is the time Nsubuga told the deceased that he wanted to ease himself in the bathroom after which he would come back and have sex. “While in the bathroom, Nsubuga picked up a hammer, came back to the living room and hit the deceased on the back of the head twice,” Ms.Karungi narrated.

Ms Karungi says that Nsubuga then dragged the deceased to the bedroom where he started picking items from the deceased’s bag. The items picked included a camera, keyboard for a computer, T.shirts, shoes and a mobile phone. He opened the door, got out, and locked the door from outside. He then threw the keys in the gumboots that were outsid

It is also said that at 2:00 PM on that fateful day, Kizza came back from the farm and found the door locked and the music was playing loud from the house. After waiting for a while, Kizza inquired from the neighbors where Kato was and they told him that they did not know. They however informed Kizza that they had seen Nsubuga leaving the house dressed in the deceased’s clothes.

This prompted Kizza and the neighbors to peep in the deceased’s house where they saw fresh blood stains on the living room floor that prompted them to search for the house keys. Upon entering the house, they saw blood stains leading to the bedroom, where the deceased was discovered lying unconscious on the bed in a pool blood.

“They rushed him to Kyetume Health Center, from where they were referred to Mulago Hospital but the deceased passed away before this could happen. David Kato’s body was then takento Kawolo Hospital for postmortem where they discovered that the deceased had been seriously hit at the back of the head,” Ms Karungi noted.

The hunt for Nsubuga culminated in his arrest when he was spotted by Nakabago residents in Mukono district, who alerted the police. He was arrested and taken to Mukono Police Station where he admitted to the murder charges brought against him. Ms. Karungi then told court that the case against the Nsubuga was very serious and she asked court for a maximum penalty basing on the evidence that had been presented and that basing on the fact that the accused had admitted to the crime.

Efforts to reach leaders of gay community, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) were futile as they are said to be out of the country to receive an award at Rafto Prize Ceremony at Den Nationale Scene recognizing them for their struggle in the fight for gay rights in Uganda.

Kato’s death was condemned by both local and international human rights bodies including United States President Barack Obama, saying it was an abuse of fundamental human rights.

They called upon the government to investigate the cause of his death and speak out against homophobia towards the gay community in the country. The police issued a statement to the effect that Kato’s killing was no way related to his campaign for gay rights.

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