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Tanzanian LGBT Advocate Found Dead In Home (UPDATED)

Jim Burroway

July 30th, 2012

Identity Kenya reports that Maurice Mjomba, an LGBT advocate and HIV/AIDS trainer, was found dead in his home in Dar es Salaam:

According to Julius Lumanyika Kyaruzi, the coordinator at CHRP where Mjomba was working as the Training Coordinator (HIV and injecting drug use), Mjomba was found dead at his home.

Julius told Identity Kenya that a neighbour  ’noticed a foul smell’ from Mjomba’s house and called the police.

This could mean Mjomba could have been dead for days.

His body is at Muhimbili Mortuary awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The police investigations are also being conducted though initial reports point he may have been murdered.

Update: Kenyan LGBT adocate Denis Nzioka alerts us to this update from Tanzania’s Stay Awake Network Activities (SANA):

In a Facebook post on their Wall, SANA wrote, ‘We sadly announce that Moris Mjomba, one of our founding member, a friend and activist, was strangled by unknown person (s) the date of his death has not been confirmed yet. For more information, we will let you know.’

Colleagues describe him as a ‘hard-working’ ‘honest’ and ‘ a diligent worker.’

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Regan DuCasse
July 30th, 2012 | LINK

Oh…dear God. This is so horrible. Poor man. Poor, poor man.

Muscat
July 30th, 2012 | LINK

Another reminder of just how far some parts of the world have to go on LGBT rights. So tragic. :(

StraightGrandmother
July 31st, 2012 | LINK

Sometimes when I am busy fighting for the Civil Rights of Sexual Minorities in the United States it is easy to forget the extremely viciously anti gay countries in Africa and the former Soviet Union that others live under.

RIP Maurice, RIP.

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