Rwanda police on Friday arrested a Ugandan gay rights activist, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, on arrival in the small East African nation.
According to a Twitter statement, police said Nabagesera was detained on suspicion of “drunkenness and gross misconduct.
Nabagesera, a renowned gay, lesbian and transgender rights promoter in Uganda, had arrived at Kigali’s international airport to meet American filmmakers, according to her Twitter account.
“Jackline N. Kasha is temporarily held at the airport over drunkenness and gross misconduct. Appropriate actions will be taken on her case,” Rwandan police said on an official Twitter account.
Jackline N. Kasha is temporarily held at the Airport over drunkenness and gross misconduct. Appropriate actions will be taken on her case.
— Rwanda Police (@Rwandapolice) May 12, 2017
The arrest of Kasha, a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize, was denounced by the foundation that gives the award.
“We are looking into disturbing reports of Alternative Nobel and Uganda LGBT leader Kasha Jacqueline arrested in Rwanda last night,” the Right Livelihood Award Foundation said on Twitter.
She was held at Kicukiro police station before being moved to an undisclosed place.
Later, she was deported from Rwanda on the same flight as her return ticket.
“These cowards are something. I was charged all time until they couldn’t charge me no more,” she tweeted upon her release.
Kasha said she simply laughed at them for fearing a “small person like me”, adding, “These cowards were not a joke.”
“I have lived with a dictator for decades so I know first-hand how it’s like. All I was trying to do is enlighten Rwandese to avoid same mistakes.”