At the David Kato funeral: Uganda priest berates gays
It’s not the Phelps Klan this time…
Ugandan police have escorted a priest away from the funeral of a gay rights activist after he told homosexuals to repent, sparking scuffles.
Anglican priest Thomas Musoke told mourners that homosexuality was “evil”.
Hundreds of people had gathered for David Kato’s burial in his home village near the capital, Kampala.
His colleagues say he was beaten to death at his home on Wednesday, although police deny he was killed because of his sexuality.
Last year, Mr Kato sued a local paper which outed him as homosexual.
Uganda’s Rolling Stone newspaper published the photographs of several people it said were gay, including Mr Kato, with the headline “Hang them”.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda, and can be punished by 14-year prison sentences. An MP recently tried to increase the penalties to include the death sentence in some cases.
Mr Kato’s Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug) group said he had been receiving death threats since his name, photograph and address were published by the newspaper last year.