Killer of Kenyan lesbian sentenced to 30 years

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12/23/2023

Confessed murderer Billington Wambui Mwathi on Dec. 22 was sentenced by a Kenyan court to 30 years’ imprisonment for the murder of Sheila Lumumba in April 2022. Lumumba identified as a non-binary lesbian. Mwathi was recorded on CCTV as he accompanied Lumumba as they left an establishment on the night of the murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to the crime. Some LGBTQ+ rights activists decried the sentence by the Nyeri High Court as too lenient. In recent months, several LGBTQ+ organizations and rights activists in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa called on law enforcement officials to expedite the arrest of those involved in the murder and ensure that they are punished to the full extent of the law.

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