Nsubuga Enock recently came forward and confessed to the murder of Ugandan gay activist David Kato. He claims it wasn’t because he was gay or an activist but because of a “personal disagreement.”
It was originally assumed that Kato was killed in response to an article in Ugandan magazine “The Rolling Stone” that listed the “100 top homos” with their pictures and addresses, with the headline “hang them.” This all spurring from the current debate over Uganda’s “Kill the Gays Bill,” a piece of legislation that, if passed, would mean some homosexual acts could be punishable by death.
Here’s more from Rueters:
Ugandan police said on Wednesday that a man had confessed to murdering a gay rights activist after a “personal disagreement” in an attack last week that sparked worldwide fury.
David Kato, one of the country’s most visible gay campaigners, was beaten to death with a hammer at his home on Thursday and died on the way to hospital.
Homosexuality is taboo in many African nations. It is illegal in 37 countries on the continent, including Uganda, and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and loss of jobs.
Kato had been featured in an anti-gay newspaper in October that “outed” people it said were gay and called on the government to kill them. His photograph was published on the cover under the headline: “Hang Them.”
The activist said he had received death threats since the publication.
“The prime suspect, Nsubuga Enock, was arrested today at around 4pm when he went to visit his girlfriend,” police spokesman Vincent Ssetake told Reuters.
“He has confessed to the murder. It wasn’t a robbery and it wasn’t because Kato was an activist. It was a personal disagreement but I can’t say more than that.”
Ssetake said that Enock would appear in court on Wednesday evening.
Police said last week that Enock, whom they described as a “well-known thief,” had been staying with Kato after the activist bailed him out of prison on January 24.
Kato’s driver was also arrested in connection with the murder. Police spokespeople could not confirm whether he had since been released.
UPDATE (2/3): The Daily Monitor is reporting that Enock told police he killed Kato because the activist was “forcing him into sodomy.” Enock claims Kato bailed him out of jail (he was incarcerated on a theft charge) and then had sex with him, promising him “a car, a house and money” in return for the sex. When Kato didn’t come through on his promise of payment, Enock went and got a hammer, came back and beat Kato to death while he was in bed.
This all could be true, but it could also be completely made up. Let’s not forget that Enock is a convicted criminal. And he could just be playing into the country’s anti-gay sentiments in order to make himself out to be the victim. And I’m sure these anti-gay sentiments are also held by their police force.