Police arrest Uganda activist as he grieves mom's death?

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Gay Star News reported:

Mleuben Maccarthy
Mleuben Maccarthy

Police arrested a grieving Ugandan gay activist when he went to the bank to collect money to pay for his mom’s funeral.

Mleuben Maccarthy, an LGBT human rights campaigner from Kampala, Uganda, lost his mother Naomi to illness yesterday 18 October.

Known as ‘Mama Naomi’ in the Ugandan gay community, she was a popular figure who openly supported her gay son and her death has sparked tributes from LGBTI people.

Maccarthy’s partner, Wolter Swaagman, who is based in the Netherlands, sent money to the Western Union Bank in Uganda to pay for the funeral. But when he went to collect it in the afternoon, he was arrested by the police. …

The reason for his arrest is still not known to us.

Maccarthy is director of St Paul’s Voice Centre which fights LGBTI discrimination in Uganda. His full name is Mukajanga Patrick Leuben Maccarthy.

The full Gay Star News story is “Uganda police arrest activist as he grieves for his gay hero mom.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor / publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]


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