UPDATE: The gay angle could be a hoax. Awaiting confirmation.
Horrible news. The body of a Ugandan gay youth activist has been discovered decapitated and dismembered on a remote farm. The activist was a volunteer for the LGBT advocacy group Integrity Uganda, reports Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin.
Judith Nabakooba, a police spokesperson, identified the head as that of Pasikali Kashusbe, one of the workers on Kigggundu’s farm and a member of Integrity Uganda. Pasikali and his partner Abbey are youth workers with Integrity Uganda charged with the responsibility of mobilising young LGBT people in activities which build community capacity to face up to the challenge of homophobia, especially in the area of attitude change and care through drama and sports activities.
According to the police, a mutilated torso which was earlier in the week discovered in Kabuuma Zone, about half a kilometre away from Kiggundu’s farm was probably Pasikali’s The torso was described as belonging to a young man and had no genitals. Pasikali went missing over three and half weeks ago when the country was celebrating Uganda Martyrs Day. All efforts by his partner Abbey and other family members to find him had been fruitless.
The remains were discovered in a latrine on a farm belonging to Badru Kiggundu, who is the chairman of Uganda’s Electoral Commission. The discovery was made while searching for the Rev Henry Kayizzi Nsubuga, a progressive and gay-friendly priest who "disappeared almost two and half weeks ago after delivering a speech at supporting homosexuality in Uganda."
There are a few details at the Daily Monitor, which does not disclose Kashusbe's sexuality, his activist organization or the circumstances surrounding the search. Commissioner Kiggundu, who owns the farm, is reportedly "out of the country."
The independent television network NTV Uganda reported from the crime scene and also does not disclose the victim's sexuality or circumstances surrounding the search. One or two men are possibly in custody and one may related to the deceased. Warning: NTV Uganda's video is graphic and there are late reports the gay angle could be a hoax. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...