Police in Uganda have arrested a man in
connection to the murder of gay activist David Kato.
Nsubuga Enock was arrested on
Wednesday, Reuters reported.
“The prime suspect, Nsubuga Enock,
was arrested today at around 4PM when he went to visit his
girlfriend,” Vincent Ssetake, a police spokesman, told the news
“He has confessed to the murder. It
wasn't a robbery and it wasn't because Kato was a [gay rights]
activist. It was a personal disagreement but I can't say more than
According to an unnamed police source
who spoke to Ugandan's Daily Monitor, Kato's killer claims he
turned on Kato because he was being forced to have sex.
“He told us that he killed Kato after
he failed to give him a car, a house and money he promised as rewards
for having sex with him,” the source said.
On January 24, Kato reportedly bailed
the suspect out of jail, where he was being held on charges of theft
of a mobile phone. Enock told police that the stayed with Kato for
“The suspect said he left the
bedroom, went to a store and picked a hammer, which he used to hit
him [Kato] while he was still in bed,” the source added.
Kato died of his wounds on his way to
and his group, Sexual Minorities Ugandan (SMUg), had campaigned
against a proposed anti-gay bill and had challenged a newspaper in
court for publishing the personal details of leading gay rights
advocates along with the banner, “Hang Them.” Friends told
the BBC that Kato was concerned for his life.