He was a brave and fiercely committed activist who led the Ugandan struggle for gay rights for more than a
decade. David Kato went to jail for his beliefs, and to court, winning his greatest victory three weeks ago against a newspaper that had called for him to be hanged.
But now he appeared to have paid the ultimate price: he had been battered to death with a hammer in his home in Kampala.
As distraught family and friends gathered at the scene, police said they had arrested a man hired to drive for Kato and were pursuing another male suspect seen leaving the house. A police spokesman said the motive appeared to be robbery.
But given the fierce anti-gay campaigns launched in recent years by some religious leaders and journalists, as well as politicians who drafted laws to have gay people locked up for life or even executed, there are inevitable questions as to
whether Kato was killed because of his sexuality.
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Update: Murder convicted
17th November 2011. See article
A Ugandan man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of gay rights activist David Kato.
Sidney Nsubuga Enoch admitted to killing Kato with a hammer. But he was only convicted of second-degree murder, having claimed that he acted in self-defense. Enoch told the court Kato was making sexual advances, and that he had no choice but to