More developments after the arrest of Nsubuga Enock, the man who confessed to the murder of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato over an alleged "personal disagreement." Police now say it was a sex-for-pay deal gone wrong, reports the Toronto Sun.
Police said they arrested Enock Nsubuga, whom they described as a “well-known thief”, on Wednesday at his girlfriend’s house, saying he had been staying at Kato’s home after the activist bailed him out of prison on Jan. 24. "According to the suspect he negotiated with the deceased to be paid money as he was to be used as a sexual partner," Uganda’s top police officer, Inspector General Kale Kayihura, told reporters on Thursday.
Kayihura said the men then had sex but Kato did not pay. "The following day Nsubuga confesses that he picked a hammer from the bathroom and hit him on the head,” Kayihura said. "There is nothing concrete to suggest that Nsubuga was motivated by hate, although we are not dismissing it."
A police source, who preferred anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the press, said the suspect confessed to killing Kato because he was reportedly tired of engaging in homosexual practices. "We have taken him to Mukono Magistrate’s Court to record an extrajudicial statement,” the source said. “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.
Kato is alleged to have bailed the suspect out of Kawuga Prison on January 24, where he been remanded on charges of theft of a mobile phone. The suspect told police that he stayed with Kato for two days. He accused the deceased of having sex with him and promising to pay him during the period.
The suspect allegedly told the police he got tired of having sex with Kato but the latter would not have any of his excuses. “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 said. The death of Kato was condemned by the international community as an attack on the gay community.
Authorities have refused to link Kato's murder to his activism or being listed among the nation's "100 Top Homos" by the infamous local anti-gay tabloid Rolling Stone. "Gay activists in Kampala, who had believed Kato was killed because of his sexuality, told Reuters on Thursday they still needed more proof from the police. Some had feared the government would cover-up the homophobia angle because the international media attention could jeopardise crucial aid inflows," adds the Sun.
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