It’s so horrible about David Kato.
A school teacher, he became a prominent campaigner in recent years, especially taking on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which called for the death sentence to be imposed for some homosexual acts…
Ms Kimani said he was one of the most visible gay campaigners in Uganda, serving as the litigation officer for the group Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug)…
He often faced accusations that he was trying to groom children, which Ms Pepe, who worked with him at Smug, blamed on “religious propaganda”.
“These allegations were of course were false,” she said…
Rebecca McDowall, a student in London who met Mr Kato at an event recently, said he was aware that what he was doing was dangerous.
“He was so inspirational as a public speaker,” she told the BBC. “He looked like a small unassuming person but when he got up, you couldn’t help but sit up and listen.”
Ms Pepe said Mr Kato’s family and friends are still in shock.
“We spoke to Waswa yesterday, he’s equally devastated – he’s trying to hold it together but he’s shattered because of course they were really close,” she said.
She and Mr Kato were chatting on the phone about an hour before he was attacked – and he had been laughing and joking.
“I keep hearing his laughter in my head – it breaks my heart,” she said.
Horrible. I have nothing wiser to say.