Ugandan LGBT rights activist arrested in Rwanda


A staunch Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been arrested in Kigali, Rwanda, suspected of being drunk and committing misconduct. The out lesbian human rights campaigner was flying from Entebbe airport in Uganda to meet with American filmmakers when she was arrested. Police in the country released a statement on Twitter explaining that she had been “temporarily held at the airport over drunkenness and gross misconduct”. Kasha, who has won Sweden’s “alternative Nobel prize” the Right Livelihood Award, was moved to an undisclosed place sparking the hashtag #RwandawhereisKasha? Spectrum Uganda called for information on Kasha’s location on Facebook. “We are in search of our own Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera who was arrested yesterday to unknown police station in Kigali, Rwanda at the airport,” they wrote. However, she has since been released and has taken to Twitter to discuss the incident. She added that she had “lived with a dictator for decades” and all she was “trying to do is enlighten Rwandese to avoid same mistakes”. The lesbian activist explained that she had whiskey in her bag, and accused Rwandan police of using this as an excuse to detain her. Kasha said that she had since been deported from the country.


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