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Homosexual activist beaten to pulp, detained for a week

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Nurudin Busingye, a renowned youth activist and human right defender was last week beaten to pulp, before being whisked away by security forces in Entebbe over being a homosexual.

In the evening of September 23, 2022 Busingye who is also the team leader at the Smart Youth Network faced rough in the hands of the Anti-Homosexual population.

On this fateful day, was returning to Kampala city from Entebbe when a group of angry youths and boda-boda riders descended on him before beating him up badly.

Multiple sources within the Smart Youth Network and one of his close friends who spoke to this Website on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed the development.

“As I speak, he is in the hospital getting treatment, he was badly beaten. It was too bad for him, a dark day I guess he will never forget,” one of the sources said.

Another source added that, “after being beaten, police arrived and instead of saving him, arrested him, upon hearing that he is a homosexual,”

The entire community was shocked to learn that Busigye is a homosexual, sources his family and some friends became bitter about.

“As I speak none of his family members have visited him in the hospital. It is one of his friends who stood surety to save him from police cells,” a friend said.

Busingye is not the only homosexuality activist that has faced the wrath of Ugandans for being a homosexual.

His arrest comes at a time when several Ugandans, especially Anti-homosexual activists have joined forces to fight it seriously.

On Thursday May 19, two members of the Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) who had gone to report a case of malicious damage to property at Ntinda Police Station were instead arrested.

These were detained till May 2023 on condition that they report back to police weekly until investigations against them and SMUG were concluded.

In August, police in Buikwe arrested four people on allegations of homosexuality.

Parliament recently gave the Bugiri municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa a holiday to go and formulate the Anti-Homosexual Bill which will criminalize homosexuality with hefty punishments.

Despite this intimidation, he says that he will continue to fight for the Rights of the marginalized.

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