United States President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist and her safari guide who had been released on Sunday after being held for five days.
Mr. Trump who had previously welcomed the news of Endicott’s release, tweeted saying;
“Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there. Bring them to justice openly and quickly!”
Mr. Trump’s tweet came in a few hours after President Yoweri Museveni had tweeted reassuring travelers of how safe Uganda was.
“Uganda is safe,” Museveni wrote on Twitter, adding that authorities would “deal with these isolated pockets of criminals” and “continue to improve security in our parks”.
“Come and enjoy the Pearl of Africa,” he said.
– Rescue –
Ms. Endicott and her safari guide, Mr. Mirenge were recovered unharmed on Sunday, five days after they were abducted while on an evening game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National park, lies in the Great Western Rift Valley. The park covers an area of 1978 km² and enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between lakes George and Edward.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga, reiterated president Museveni’s message and said that the operation to arrest the culprits was ongoing with close coordination of Uganda’s counterparts from the DRC.
Tourism is a key industry for Uganda, home to rare mountain gorillas and other wildlife, the massive Lake Victoria and the legendary snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains.