Box Turtle Bulletin:
We have learned that Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato Kisulle was murdered today at his home in Kampala. Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has confirmed that the David’s body was identified at a hospital.
Update: I have also confirmed this with SMUG’s Pepe Julian Onziema, who identified David’s body in the hospital morgue. Police are investigating.
The details surrounding his murder are unknown at this time. He was reportedly beaten in the skull with a hammer at his home. We do not yet know whether it was a single assailant or a group of people, nor do we know any other circumstances surrounding his death.
Update: More details from Human Rights Watch:
Witnesses told police that a man entered Kato’s home in Mukono at around 1 p.m. on January 26, 2011, hit him twice in the head and departed in a vehicle. Kato died on his way to Kawolo hospital. Police told Kato’s lawyer that they had the registration number of the vehicle and were looking for it.
David Kato was a spokesperson for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and one of the plaintiffs (or applicants) in the successful lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication of the same name). Kato was one of three applicants who had been named by the tabloid under a headline tagged “Hang Them!”Read it all.
More:This horrendous murder adds to the fears that LGBT Ugandans regularly face over their safety. Brenda Namigadde, a lesbian asylum seeker in the U.K. has been treatened with deportation back to Uganda. Just yesterday, she received an ominous message from M.P. David Bahati, the author of the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill, in which he said that Brenda must “repent or reform” when she returns home.We call upon the Archbishop of York and the Archbishop of Canterbury to raise concern for Namigadde's safety with the UK Home Secretary. We call upon the Archbishop of Uganda to add his voice to those who condemn the actions of Bahati, and of Rolling Stone.
The Guardian on Wednesday had more on Namigadde's case.
Media reports confirm Box Turtle's initial reporting:
Giles Muhame, the 22-year-old editor of the newspaper, told Reuters he condemned the murder and that the paper had not wanted gays to be attacked. - Reuters Africa
Pressure builds after murder of LGBT activist - Independent (Uganda)
Finally, from January 6, Pro-gay ruling spells disaster, say pastors - Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Local report, with more details - Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Buzek calls for investigation into the death of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato - European Parliament
Brutal Killing of Ugandan Gay Human Rights Defender - Sexual Minorities Ugandan