A report gathered on Friday that Kenyan police have discovered the body of Edwin Chiloba, a prominent LGBTQ rights campaigner stuffed inside a metal box in the west of the country.
From a police source ,motorbike taxi riders alerted the police after they saw the box dumped by the roadside from a vehicle with a concealed number plate. The motive for the killing is unknown.
Fashion designer Edwin Chiloba’s remains were found on Tuesday near Eldoret Town in Uasin Gishu County, where he ran his fashion business, independent rights group, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) said.
“He was brutally killed and dumped in the area by unknown assailants,’’ KHRC said on Twitter.“It is truly worrisome that we continue to witness escalation in violence targeting LGBTQ+ Kenyans.’’
Rights Advocacy group based in Kenya, galck+ stated that “Words cannot even explain how them as a community are feeling right now. Another soul lost due to hate. You will be missed,” the group stated on Twitter.
“Edwin Chiloba was a fighter, fighting relentlessly to change the hearts and minds of society when it came to LGBTQ+ lives,” GALCK, a Kenyan gay rights group, said on Twitter.
Under a British colonial-era law, gay sex in Kenya is punishable by 14 years in prison.Although ,it is rarely enforced, discrimination is common.Research suggests acceptance of homosexuality is gradually increasing in Kenya, but it remains a taboo subject for many.
However,the police are under Investigation concerning the demise of the activist.