A Ugandan Socialite identified as Matsiko Bruce, who hails from Rukungiri District, is on the run after he learnt that he was being hunted by the police for being an activist in the LGBT community in Uganda.
It is alleged that Matsiko, aged 34 years old, fled into hiding following allegations that he was part of a group of youth advocating for LGBT rights in Uganda, yet according to Ugandan law it is illegal to subscribe to the LGBT community, as per the Anti -Gay Act of 2014.
Sources reveal that prior to fleeing into hiding, Matsiko survived lynching by residents of Katale, in Kawempe Division,after being accused of sodomizing boys and recruiting others into the same acts.
According to our sources, in November 2022, a mob attacked Matsiko with stones during a football training session in Katale, after a group of villagers suspected him to be playing football with young boys with intent to recruit them into gay activities.
Shortly thereafter, a case of Associating with LGBT Groups was reported against Matsiko at Katale Police station vide file No.SD/REF/21/10/11/22, prompting an intense police hunt for him.
It’s said that on learning that his life was in danger and that he would either be lynched or dumped in jail any time, Matsiko fled into binding and his whereabouts have since remained unknown, although he is still on police’s wanted list.
It should however be noted that acts of homosexuality and Lesbianism are criminal in Uganda and anyone found guilty of the same is liable to imprisonment for life or a death sentence.