Kampala, Wednesday, July 13th. The Uganda Key Populations Consortium (UKPC) joins the LGBTIQ+ community in Uganda to mourn the sudden death of Noah Mathew Kinono. He was a member of LifeLine Youth Empowerment Center in Kampala.
It is alleged that Mathew Kinono, 27- the deceased, was stabbed with a sharp knife around the neck. His body was found in his house in Salaama-Makindye, Kampala lying in a pool of blood on 11th July 2022. The police have arrested five suspects to aid in the investigation and are currently detained at Katwe Police Station.
“Violence against any key population community member is unacceptable. We are all citizens of Uganda who must be accorded the same respect as all other citizens in this country. Mathew’s death is a reminder that we need to advocate for the rights of our community constantly.” mentioned Richard Lusimbo, the National Coordinator of the Uganda Key Populations Consortium.
By the time of writing this statement, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Police Spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan, had released a statement on behalf of the Uganda Police. In the statement, ASP Owoyesigyire, on behalf of the Police, mentioned that a murder weapon (knife) had been recovered from the scene and taken by the Uganda Police for further analysis and investigations. Accordingly, the crime scene, too, had been cordoned off for further investigations.
“We call upon our community to remain calm as we let the police do their investigations. We, however, caution our community members to always stay vigilant to such attacks. These continue to threaten our community, and we must always ensure that we document all forms of violence to bring justice to all victims.” Isaac Mugisha, the Safety and Security Focal Point at the Uganda Key Populations Consortium, mentioned.
Mathew’s burial will be today, 13th July 2022, in Namutamba, Mityana, at 2:00 pm. May Mathew’s soul Rest In Eternal Peace.
The Uganda Key Populations Consortium was formed on 19th July 2018 at Mulago Referral Hospital Kampala to bring together representatives of Key Populations(KPs) to collectively define and advocate for issues of common concern, including response to shrinking spaces for Key Population-led organisations. The UKPC thus serves as an advocacy platform coordinating strategic action and supporting systems and structure strengthening for all members.