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Cops: Kato's Death Not Homophobia-Related

Cops: Kato's Death Not Homophobia-Related


Police in Kampala, Uganda, are saying that the murder of LGBT activist David Kato was not due to homophobia, but that he was killed during a robbery.

Suspect Arnold Senoga has been arrested in relation to Kato's death, Reuters reports. They are also looking for Nsubuga Enock, who was living with Kato since the activist bailed him out of prison Monday. Enock's criminal record shows he has been involved in multiple robberies.

Neighbors said they had seen Enock walking out of the house wearing Kato's clothing, and carrying his briefcase, which is one of the items missing from Kato's home.

"We are now trying to establish what relationship Kato had with Enock, whether or not they were relatives and why Kato posted his bail," Kampala police spokeswoman Nabakooba said in the report.

Despite police reports, Kato was on record as saying that he feared his life was in danger because he was a gay activist, especially after local newspaper Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication) printed the names and faces of prominent gay people, including Kato, on a cover last year. A previous edition of the newspaper published 29 photos of gay people as well as their names and some of their addresses.

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