UWA says “all our parks remain open to tourists”

(Last Updated On: 18 October 2023)

Kampala | Police and other security agencies are on the ground to investigate the attacks on two foreign tourists and a Ugandan in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese district on Tuesday evening. 

According to the Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, it was a “cowardly terrorist attack”, adding that “their joint forces responded immediately after receiving the information and are aggressively pursuing the suspected ADF rebels”.

A British national, Barlow David James and Eric Alayi, a Ugandan tour guide who was also their driver died immediately of gun wounds.

Another tourist, a South African national also died. The attack on the tourists came less than a week after suspected ADF rebels had also attacked onion traders in Bwera, Kasese district.

More than two people (traders) were killed in that attack, including one woman who got burnt in the lorry beyond recognition.

Kasese is one of the tourist destinations in Uganda, among others, because of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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However, the attack on foreign tourists might affect the tourism sector and its daily traffic, some say.

Speaking after the crime, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has called for patience as investigations proceed.

Here is what the Authority’s manager of communication and PR, Bashir Hangi had to say:

This public statement was released by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) after the killing of foreign tourists and their Ugandan guide.

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