Kampala Police in Kawempe a Kampala suburb is still looking for an LGBTQ man who reportedly escaped upon arrest. It is understood that one Ssozi Hassan Semabo was arrested in 2022 following an accusation that he was recruiting youths and engaging in LGBTQ activities in Kawempe.
It is understood that this is the second attempt for Ssozi to escape previously, he was beaten and escaped following a homophobic attack on a gay-friendly bar in 2019 where 67 people were arrested.
A source revealed to this website that authorities are still interested in Ssozi who escaped from Kawempe on 13 July 2022 and escaped to an unknown destination with his ware bouts still scanty.
A family member of the 27-year-old indicated that everyone at home worries for the life of their sibling who fled following a series of arrests and torture back home in Uganda.
“I do not know much about homosexuality but it has always been illegal in Uganda. So, my brother has constantly been on the move. When the president passed the anti-LGBTQ bill, he had already moved to Europe. However, he can be brought back home anytime if he doesn’t get the papers,” said the sister who asked not to be named.
Between the Lines, The woe of Ssozi, whose whereabouts are unknown, comes on the heels of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023 that was passed by the parliament of Uganda.
Apparently, there has been a cold war on Gay people in Uganda whose plight needs to be addressed. In May, US President Joe Biden called for the immediate repeal of the measures he branded “a tragic violation of universal human rights” and threatened to cut aid and investment in Uganda.