Sheila Lumumba: Protests online as gay lady is discovered dead in her house

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 22 Apr, 2022 14:44 | 2 mins read
Sheila Adhiambo Lumumba. PHOTO/Courtesy

The death of one Sheila Adhiambo Lumumba has sparked a debate on social media after it emerged that she was reportedly murdered in cold blood.

According to a social media post by Njeri Wa Migwi, Lumumba is said to have been assaulted and murdered in her home by a gang of six men.

In the incident that took place in Karatina, Nyeri County, the assailants are also said to have gang-raped the deceased before breaking her leg.

This information, Njeri said, was contained in an autopsy report.

"I just spoke to Sheila's Lumumba best friend today, and we cried together. Today Sheila is dead, six men broke into her house and gang-r*ped her, further broke her leg according to the autopsy and killed this beautiful beautiful human in Karatina town,” Njeri wrote.

Njeri alleged that Lumumba was murdered for being a queer.

“Why? Because she was a lesbian. My heart is beyond broken. Sheila don't rest, if you don't get justice don't rest babe, do not give them rest, curse them, that blood that you shed curse them, may they never know peace,” she wrote.

Adding; “May your blood follow them, from the raising of the sun and to the setting of the sun. Curse them. Haunt them, don't let them rest, don't let know peace. Haunt them.”

Lumumba was discovered dead four days after the incident by colleagues from FK Resort & Spa following her absence from work.

Under the hashtag JusticeForSheila, Kenyans on Twitter protested the heinous act urging the relevant authorities to take action and bring the perpetrators to book.

“It's so hard to express the need for justice of LGBTQ persons' killings in a country where homophobia is praised. Queer activism is constantly shrugged off, laughed at even. #JusticeForSheila,” Rasta Baby said.

Nekesa Wandera, on the other hand, argued that violence against the LGBTQ community has been on the rise in recent times.

“The violence that has occurred over the existence of the LGBTIQ community has been more extensive considering how long the incidents have occurred. We cannot sit back seeing our people perishing like this,” she said.

No arrests had been made by the time of publishing.