Ugandan 'lesbian' in Britain fears deportation death

28th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Ugandan woman who claims she is a lesbian said Friday she fears she will be killed if she is deported from Britain to her home country, in the wake of the murder of a male gay rights campaigner.

Brenda Namigadde said would be prosecuted if she returned to Uganda, where gay sex is illegal.

A judge in Britain has ruled that Namigadde is not homosexual and Britain's Home Office, or interior ministry, has hitherto rejected her attempts to remain in the country.

Her claim comes after David Kato, a gay rights campaigner, was beaten to death in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Wednesday after his name and picture were published in a homophobic newspaper.

Namigadde, who has been held at a detention centre just outside London, told the BBC she was "shaking" at the thought of being forced to go back to Uganda.

"I'm going to be killed," said the woman, who said she fled to Britain in 2002 after being beaten and victimised because of her sexuality.

She said the death of Kato showed homosexuals "are not safe at all in Uganda."

"I'm scared to go back to the same situation I was in.

"I'm not ready to repent because that is who I am. I can't live in Uganda. My life is in danger."

Matthew Coats, head of immigration at the UK Border Agency, told the BBC that a judge who had considered Namigadde's case had found she not was gay.

"Ms Namigadde's case has been carefully considered by both the UK Border Agency and the courts on two separate occasions and she has been found not to have a right to remain here," he said.

"An immigration judge found on the evidence before him that Ms Namigadde was not homosexual.

"She has submitted further representations and these will be reviewed by the UK Border Agency prior to any removal."

There were scuffles at Kato's funeral on Friday when the presiding priest told mourners that homosexuality is "evil and will be punished by God" and charged that "even the animals know the difference between a male and a female."

US President Barack Obama said he was "deeply saddened" by Kato's death, while the head of Anglicans worldwide, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, condemned the murder and urged an end to "bigotry" against homosexuals.

© 2011 AFP

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