ACTIVIST LAID TO REST AS DETAILS OF MURDER SURFACE
Wed, 1 August 2012Tanzanian LGBT activist Maurice Mjomba has been buried as more details about his brutal murder have come to light.
Initial reports only indicated that the body of the 29-year-old had been found at his home in Dar es Salaam on 30 July, after neighbours complained of a foul smell.
Identity Kenya has now published unconfirmed eyewitness reports of the horrific murder scene.
According to a witness, Mjomba was found "slumped on a couch with his mouth and nose taped closed".
He had "his hands bound tight behind his back and he appeared to have been beaten savagely".
The witness added: "It seems his private parts were injured as there was a lot of blood coming out of them".
There are suggestions that Mjomba may have been sodomised as there are reports of anal bleeding on the body.
The young man was buried on Wednesday morning in Dar es Salaam at a funeral attended by family, friends and colleagues from the LGBT activist community.
Mjomba was the assistant secretary and founding member of the Stay Awake Network Activities, an organisation that raises sexual health awareness among men who have sex with men (MSM).
He also worked as an outreach training coordinator for injecting drug users at the Center for Human Rights Promotion.
International human rights group Front Line Defenders urged "the Tanzanian authorities to carry out an impartial and effective investigation into his death".
Autopsy results have yet to be released and no suspects have been arrested or identified.