Compensation Announced for Families of UK Tourists Killed in Uganda Attack
In a tragic incident at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda, British citizen David Barlow, his South African wife Emmaretia Geyer, and their Ugandan tour guide Eric Alyai lost their lives in a terror attack on October 17. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels were responsible for this horrific act. While the UK government is set to compensate the relatives of the British victims, Eric Alyai’s family won’t be eligible for compensation due to his non-British citizenship and lack of close relation to a British national.
The United Kingdom (UK) government issued a statement on Friday, designating the Queen Elizabeth National Park incident as an act of terrorism, making victims eligible to apply for compensation. Victims who were injured or the families of those killed in the attack can submit their applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) under the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme 2012 (VOTCS).
Under Section 11 of the UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012, compensation eligibility is limited to British citizens, their close relatives, or nationals of member states of the European Union or the European Economic Area.
The identity of the five suspected killers remains unknown, and security agencies are continuing their efforts to locate them.
Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, revealed that the Ugandan Cabinet had resolved to honor the memory of the deceased tourists by naming Ugandan roads after them. Additionally, discussions were underway with the UK government to provide support to the grieving families. The minister also affirmed the government’s commitment to assisting the family of the Ugandan victim who lost his life in the same tragic incident.