A leading Ugandan gay rights
activist whose picture was printed in an anti-gay newspaper under the headline
“Hang them,” has been beaten to death.
David Kato was a particularly
high`-profile activist in a country where government leaders have proposed the
death penalty for homosexuals.
His photo appeared on the front
page of a local Ugandan paper called Rolling Stone (which has no relation to
the U.S. publication) that published a list of gay people four months ago.
Witnesses say Kato was attacked at
his home this week by a man who fled in a vehicle. He died en route to a
A police spokeswoman, Judith
Nabakooba, says the assailant used a hammer.
She says police officials suspect a robbery
and do not believe the attack was a hate crime.
Arrest warrants have been issued
for two suspects: a taxi driver found near Kato’s house and an ex-convict who
was staying with Kato before the killing, according to sources close to the
The managing editor of the Rolling
Stone, Giles Muhame, condemns Kato’s killing, and insists that his publication
has not called for gays to be harmed.
“We want the government to
hang people who promote homosexuality, not the public to attack them,”