Thursday March 3 2011

Suspected gay killer remanded

Suspected gay killer remanded


By Johnson Mayamba

The Mukono Grade Two Magistrate Charles Kadisi has remanded Enock Nsubuga Balibagga, who is accused of murdering David Kato, to Luzira prison. David Kato was a prominent Ugandan gay rights activist.

Enock Nsubuga Balibagga, 22 years, who is being prosecuted by David Toskin, has been remanded on charges of murdering David Kato on 26th January, 2011 at the deceased’s house at Bukasa village, Kyetume in Mukono district.

Nsubuga was netted on Wednesday 02 February by Mukono police following a tip off by his uncle about his whereabouts. He had been hiding at Nakabago. Nsubuga has been remanded to Luzira prison until 17th of March 2011 when the case will again come up for mention.

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who is a gay activist, said that the gay community will not give up until justice prevails.

Nsubuga, who is being charged of murder, says his intention was not to kill Kato. Nsubuga claims he was trying to defend himself because the deceased was trying to force him to have sex.

David Kato’s murder was condemned by both local and international human rights bodies saying that it was abuse of fundamental human rights. They called upon Uganda government to investigate the cause of Kato’s death and speak out against homophobia towards gay community in the country.