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Hacked To Death: Kawere Fahad 21 Years Dies From His Wounds

Driven, young, restless and focused begins to describe Kawere Fahad 21 years.  Rest In Peace!

Wakiso District, in the Central Region of Uganda is very important to Uganda as DC is to USA or Buckingham is to UK. This area has the biggest number of schools per land size, the oldest Basilica in Africa, real estate hub and is the dormitory District for many urbanites in Uganda. It is in this area that one finds such suburbs like Kayunga and Nansana. These suburbs never go to sleep!  One would expect that this metropolitan profile puts it at a place where murder cases are investigated and deterred by police and communities. And that assailants are stopped in their tracks before they delivered a deeply bruising or fatal blow.

But this was not the case for Fahad Kawere.

KGN has learnt that Fahad and a first batch of friends had a meeting which went up to around 2:30 am (1st August 2019). After the meeting, Fahad got a message and told this first batch of friends that he had to go meet another  batch of friends at a place he did not disclose to them but was in Kayunga.  What the first batch of  friends learn after and at around 4:00 am was so shocking!

Fahad was beaten, bruised, and cut up by more than one assailants!

Despite the excruciating pain, he bravely shouted for help, people answered the alarm, identified who it was making the alarm, called his mother and was rushed to Mulago Hospital where he died from too much bleeding. 

The irony, this is a death that will not make it to Uganda Police files. Fahad was gay, those who killed him were aware of this, the case will be dismissed and hushed up. The family will try to press charges but they will soon give up. Rather suffer the loss than suffer the shame of a gay son. 

It is high time, the LGBTIPQQ raised the advocacy mission of their organisations. Investigate, press charges, make visible and document such cases. 

There are organisations in Uganda having so much funding that, they can put up largesse Annual General Meetings, with all the decorations, bright coloured marquees, cakes the size of boats, refreshments that fill up dinner tables to breaking point and even provide transport refund to "selected" attendees. But, when it comes to cases like these, they are mum!

KGN, has endeavoured to document LGBTIPQQ 
homophobic attacks and deaths under the title "Obituaries." But, with very limited resources we cannot send correspondents to all corners of Uganda.

For those who went to school with Fahad, they say it was so nice and a very wonderful experience hearing the words that came out of him.

For those who were his friends and worked with him, they say he was a team builder and very spirited.

Those who heard him sing, they say he had very nice vocals.

Those who advocated for dignity of all persons, say he was as fiery when it came to making a point as he was in demanding fairness.

He had many friends. He had so many people with whom he interacted. Among those were the murderers who snatched his life.

So many conflicting details are reaching KGN, but we settle for these versions:

There is this version that, Fahad had sought refuge for safety from harassment, ridicule, name calling and other abuses, at an undisclosed transition home run by the organisation he belonged to [an LGBTIPQQ-led organisation]. 

A source, that asked for anonymity, traces the following:

Fahad got a message via his phone, was so happy about it and arranged to "go out!" Little did this anonymous source, know that Fahad would turn out to be a victim lured in the snares of ill-hearted people. They beat, cut him into pieces and only to later die from his wounds. So gross!

Such brutality smirks of impunity and homophobic tendencies.  This took place in Wakiso, a suburb of Kampala Capital City Authority. Blackmail, extortion, threats and hate attacks are so frequent via online platforms. Yet, still many do not heed. Perhaps, a discipline in self- imposed curfew should be adopted. Cutting down on numbers of sexual partners, should be the next best practice.

It is said, Fahad was lured through an online dating platform by person/s who cut and left him to bleed to death. Devastating!

KGN team asks the following questions:

1. Was Fahad Kawere raped then brutally murdered?
2. Has the organisation he belonged to put in a case at the nearest Police Station?
3. What is the leader of the organisation doing about such a sad event?
4. What measures do they have, as an organisation safeguarding and ensuring there are codes of conduct at this "Transition Home of Refuge?"
5. What is the message about socialising while under threats and in refuge? 

We are sure the heads of Happy Family Uganda, will provide professional closure to this case. He was a dedicated member of Happy Family Uganda. 

The official statement from Happy Family Uganda:

“Due to a homophobic attack and acts, the Ugandan LGBT community has lost such a handsome young soul Legit Fahad. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

His friends, wrote a short eulogy:

“It is heartbreaking that even after a long period of struggle for acceptance in the community, inhumane and merciless people still exist. Sad news Members, we have lost a soul. Shame to whoever killed such a promising young man. This is not supposed to be this way but those we love, they don't leave us, they always walk behind us silently and unseen Still loved dearly you have gone too Soon Fahad.”

Fahad, was a motivator who was articulate both in English and Luganda. He left uplifting words on his Facebook walls:

“I don't change to make someone LOVE me! I be myself and let the right one fall for ME  #F_A_C_T"

“Sometimes you gotta realise that the world is too beautiful to waste your time being angry and sad. When you could be enjoying what life has to offer <fact> WCW clear.”

“Kindness makes the most beautiful person in d wrld .. No matter wat u look like

Be happy. Dnt let the sadness destroy you
Say #Alhamdulillah to everything that happens to you #sìmpó_fêrhd"

“If the broken 💔 are always able to LOVE harder than most . I learnt to appreciate everything that SHINES🎆

“There's so many reasons as to why I act the way I do. But I don't owe anybody explanation.. “

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

“The face is the mirror of the mind,💕 and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

"If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours." "When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen." "A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.”

If the LGBTIPPQQ Community in Uganda still treats abuses with non-committal silence, it is no surprise that their own leaders will take advantage of them. Worse still, the larger community will not only take advantage of them, but abuse and murder them with impunity. Organisations and leaders must show cause for concern and must be accountable. No more abuses, any kind of abuses!

We hope he joins the heavenly choir and mimes this very song: 
Kawere Fahad, 21 years old Rest in peace!

Kawere Fahad, 21 years old Rest in peace! You are always in our hearts!

Kawere Fahad, 21 years old Rest in peace! you balanced hard work and reaching out to others.

Kawere Fahad, 21 years old Rest in peace! You are an inspiration.

At work

Looking into the future


Filial love

Rest in peace!

At home!



Kawere Fahad, 21 years old Rest in peace!

May God Be With You!


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