Road in Uganda to Be Named After Slain Foreign Tourists – The Ankole Times

Road in Uganda to Be Named After Slain Foreign Tourists

Thursday, October 26, 2023

ICT and National Guidance minister, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, announced that the Ugandan Cabinet has passed a resolution to name a road in Uganda after the two tourists who lost their lives in Queen Elizabeth National Park last week. He made this revelation during a press briefing in Kampala, where he expressed the government’s commitment to providing support to the grieving families during this tragic time. The minister emphasized that no compensation can adequately compensate for the loss of three lives.

The victims, including David Jim Barlow, a British citizen, and his wife Emmaretia Cecilia Geyer, a South African national, along with their Ugandan driver, Eric Alyai, were tragically killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Nyamunuka-Katwe Road in Kasese District on October 17.

Dr. Baryomunsi also highlighted that Uganda is collaborating closely with the High Commissions of the United Kingdom and South Africa to ensure that the respective families of the deceased receive emotional, physical, and any other necessary support from the Ugandan government.

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The bodies of the tourists are currently at the Mulago hospital mortuary in Kampala, with plans for them to undergo examination by forensic experts from South Africa and the United Kingdom before being repatriated to their respective countries for burial.

Regarding the ongoing pursuit of the suspected rebels responsible for the killing, Dr. Baryomunsi revealed that the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and other security agencies are actively pursuing the suspects. He assured the public that there is no need for panic among locals and the international community, as the murder was committed by a small group of five rebels who were fleeing from the UPDF’s intensified pursuit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). He expressed confidence in capturing the suspects.

Dr. Baryomunsi also mentioned that new security measures have been implemented in areas bordering DR Congo to minimize risks. Tourists are encouraged to explore the country without fear.

Furthermore, the minister urged residents in border areas with DR Congo to remain vigilant and report any suspicious and unknown individuals in their communities to the police and local authorities. He reiterated that the government’s amnesty offer for ADF rebels remains open and encouraged those wishing to surrender to do so promptly to avoid being forcibly apprehended from their hideouts.

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