Mr. Kato was notable for his outspoken support for gay rights in Uganda, a country where homophobia is so widespread that the government is considering a bill to execute people for being homosexual.
“Uganda is the worst nation for gay rights,” Richard Gwandoya, of South Africa, told Politically Illustrated. “It’s not going to change, even with international pressure from Hillary Clinton or other world leaders.”
U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, an outspoken critic of Uganda the moment the nation first considered executing gay people, urged the nation to hamper discrimination.
“We will work not only to ensure access for all who need it but also to combat discrimination more broadly,” said Mrs. Clinton during a press conference. “We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide.”
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni indicated the anti-gay bill would be scrapped in Parliament after nations threatened to cut of millions of dollars of aid, but nearly a year later, the bill is still being considered by Parliament.
“Welcome to Uganda,” said Mr. Gwandoya. “Where if you help a community, you’re going to be bludgeoned to death.”