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Efforts heightened to hunt down tourists’ killers

(Last Updated On: 20 October 2023)

Kasese | Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces and other security agencies say they have stepped up efforts to hunt down the attackers that killed three people along the Katunguru-Mweya-Katwe road in Kasese district.

On Tuesday, two foreign tourists and their Ugandan guide (driver) were killed by suspected ADF rebels. Their vehicle, Reg. No. UBF 303C was later set on fire.

While addressing the joint meeting held at Mweya peninsular in Kasese district on Thursday, the Mountain Division Commander and Operation Shujaa Major General Dick Olum urged the Uganda Wildlife Authority to recruit and strengthen its staff as means of addressing it’s manpower gaps.

The Executive Director of UWA, Dr Sam Mwandha said that they are working jointly with the UPDF Mountain Division and Uganda Police to hunt down the perpetrators of the Monday attack.

“UPDF and Police have the capacity to ensure security and they will close all the gaps required to deal with the enemy. Both sister security forces will ensure that security of Ugandans and foreign tourists is guaranteed,” said Dr. Mwandha.

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Dr. Mwanda added that such an isolated incident should not deter tourists from coming to Uganda since their security is guaranteed.

Tourist arrivals in Uganda increased to 815,000 in 2022 from 513,000 in 2021, according to Trading Economics.

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