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Lesbian survives lynching in Kampala

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7th November 2018

Doreen Katushabe, a renowned LGBT member and activist has survived being lynched by assailants who accuse her of promoting homosexuality.

Katushabe who is involved in  guidance and counselling service for an institution in Kampala was waylaid by men riding on a motorbike along Kabaka Njagala Road in the suburbs of Kampala city.

When contacted by this reporter, Doreen said that she was pulled off a motorcycle on which she was traveling as she headed to LUBIRI Nabagereka primary school. Reportedly, two men riding on a motorbike dragged her off her passenger motorbike (boda boda) and pounced on her inflicting a heavy beating on her in the process.

She was only saved  when a passerby who appeared at the scene of assault stopped and threatened to shoot at the criminals who then jumped on their motorbike and fled the scene of crime. “He took me to a clinic in Mengo and I was given treatment then took pictures of me and shared them with me to take to police and report the criminals,” said a visibly terrified Katushabe.

By the time of reporting, no indications of a police hunt or investigation into this attack have been shared with the media or public. It should be recalled that the subject of LGBT has remained controversial in the Ugandan society with a widely homophobic citizenry and many anti LGBT sentiments in most social spheres.

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