Suspected gay killer remanded

Friday March 4 2011

By Johnson Mayamba

The Mukono Grade Two Magistrate Charles Kadisi has remanded a man suspected of killing a prominent gay activist to Luzira Prison again.

Enock Nsubuga Balibagga, 22, was first remanded on charges of murdering David Kato on January 26, 2011, at the deceased’s house at Bukasa village, Kyetume in Mukono District.

Nsubuga was arrested on February 2 by police in Mukono after they were tipped off by his uncle where he was hiding at Nakabago. This has been his third appearance before court and he has been sent back to Luzira Prison until March 17.

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a gay activist, said the gays community is ready to come to court once asked to but they will not give up until justice prevails.

Nsubuga’s intention
Nsubuga says his intention was not to kill Kato but he was trying to defend himself since the deceased was forcing him into a sexual relationship which he did not like.
“Kato wanted me to be his lover which I completely refused because I was not pleased with what he was doing to the fellow men,” Nsubuga said.

He added that on that fateful day, he went to Kato’s place to pay him a visit but upon reaching there, Kato tried to force him into sex. “He locked the door and increased the volume of his radio such that no other person could hear as I tried to scream for help.
He undressed me and started romancing me and as I tried to defend myself I accidentally hit him on the head with the hammer,” Nsubuga said.


He also told journalists that he warned the deceased many times that he would report him to the authorities due to his behaviour (homosexuality) but surprisingly, Kato told him not to waste his time since he had the President’s support.

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 had initially said Kato’s killing was not in anyway related to his campaign for gay rights.