The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has given its assurance about the safety of tourists visiting protected areas in the country. This assurance follows an incident where two foreign tourists and a tour guide were fatally shot by unidentified attackers in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese district.
The tragic event occurred on Tuesday evening at Nyamunuka along Katwe Road while the victims were traveling with Gorilla and Wildlife Safaris, a local tour company. The assailants also set the vehicle on fire.
The identities of the deceased, including a Ugandan, a UK citizen, and a South African, have not been disclosed.
In response to this incident, UWA issued a statement on October 17, affirming its commitment to work closely with security agencies to maximize the safety of all tourists visiting the protected areas of Uganda.
UWA spokesperson Bashir Hangi stated, “All our parks remain open to visitors, and we continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that all people who visit our protected areas are safe.” Hangi also mentioned that UWA is collaborating with security agencies to investigate the matter and track down the assailants.
Regarding the ongoing investigation, Hangi noted, “In response to this incident, UWA has informed the Uganda Police Force and other security agencies who are working diligently to establish the precise sequence of events leading up to this horrific incident and to identify those responsible.”
UWA expressed its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and shared their grief during this difficult time. The public has been urged to exercise patience and allow the investigative process to proceed without spreading unverified information.