Museveni assures tourists of safety after rescue of U.S. visitor and safari guide

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Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. /PPU Photo
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KAMPALA – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Monday assured the country and tourists of their safety in Uganda, noting that the security in national parks will be enhanced.

The president tweeted that tourists should come and enjoy the beauty of the Pearl of Africa.

“Last evening, security officials briefed me about the rescue of American tourist Kimberly Sue and her Ugandan guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, who had been kidnapped by criminals in Queen Elizabeth National Park,” President Museveni said.

Adding that, “We shall deal with these isolated pockets of criminals.”

President Museveni tours the spectacular Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National park. /PPU File Photo

Come and enjoy the Pearl of Africa

The Ugandan president has also reassured the country and visiting tourists that Uganda was safe and that all will be done to continue improving security in the parks.

The president’s comments came a day after security forces in the country rescued Kimberly Sue Endicott from Southern California and her tour guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge.

Also Read: American tourist Kim Sue Endicott, safari guide rescued

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump also posted on twitter, showing his appreciation.

“Pleased to report that the American tourist and tour guide that were abducted in Uganda have been released,” adding that, “God bless them and their families.”

Jean Paul Mirenge (L) and Kimberly Sue Endicott (2nd) from right on a Boda Boda after being rescued. /Courtesy Photo

Uganda Tourism Minister, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu thanked his line Agencies Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) for their positive contribution.

“Once again, I thank UTB and UWA as agencies responsible for the tourism sector for your positive contribution and response,” said Kamuntu.

Adding that, “we particularly thank our security forces, who played a significant role in ensuring that this operation is successful.”

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