The High Court in Mukono has given a 30-year sentence to Sidney Nsubuga – the man accused of murdering gay rights activist David Kato, to thirty years in prison.
According to the prosecution evidence, the 22-year-old Nsubuga committed the crime after Kato repeatedly made sexual advances on him.
The body of the deceased was discovered in a house by one Kizza Akram, who had earlier left the duo together.
The hunt for Nsubuga culminated in his arrest when he was spotted by residents in Mukono district, who alerted the police. He was arrested after which he admitted to the murder charges brought against him.
Kato’s death was condemned by both local and international human rights bodies including United States President Barack Obama, who said it was an abuse of fundamental human rights.
The rights bodies called upon the government to investigate the cause of his death and speak out against homophobia towards the gay community in the country.
Presiding Judge Joseph Murangira passed the sentence after Nsubuga pleaded guilty to the offense which he committed early this year at the deceased’s home in Kyetume, Nakisunga sub-county, Mukono district.
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who is a gay activist, said that the gay community will not give up until justice prevails.