Prominent LGBTQ activist, Edwin Chiloba found dead

Local media reported on Friday that Kenyan police found the body of a prominent LGBTI rights activist in a metal box in the west of the country.

Police sources said motorcycle taxi drivers alerted police after seeing the roadside box dumped from a vehicle with a hidden number plate, The Standard and The Daily Nation newspapers reported.

Activist Edwin Chiloba’s remains were found Tuesday near Eldoret Town in Uasin Gishu County, where he ran his fashion business, an independent rights group, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) said.

“He was brutally murdered and dumped in the area by unknown assailants,” KHRC said on Twitter.

“It is truly concerning that we continue to witness an escalation of violence against LGBTQ+ Kenyans.”

Research shows that acceptance of homosexuality is gradually increasing in Kenya, but for many it remains a taboo.

The country’s film commission has banned two films in recent years for their depictions of gay lives.

Kenya National Police spokesperson Resila Onyango said she would respond at a later date.

Uasin Gishu County Commander Ayub Gitonga Ali declined to comment.

“Words can’t even explain how we feel as a community right now.

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.

It is rarely practiced, but discrimination is common.

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