Uganda is safe, says Museveni on rescue of American tourist

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President Museveni at Makenke barracks

Last evening, security officials briefed President Museveni about the rescue of American tourist Kimberly Sue and her Ugandan guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, who had been kidnapped by criminals in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

In turn, Museveni said he will deal with these isolated pockets of criminals.

“However, I want to reassure the country and our tourists that Uganda is safe and we shall continue to improve the security in our parks,” Museveni said.

He added: “Come and enjoy the Pearl of Africa.”

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Kimberly and a safari guide were recovered safe and sound after a ransom was paid for their release.

Mike Walker, manager of Wild Frontiers Safaris, said US tourist Kimberly Endicott and the guide, named only as ‘Jean-Paul’ by a government spokesman, were “back safe”.

“Ransom paid and people exchanged,” he told AFP by text.

Referring to the ransom amount Walker said he did not know the “precise amount yet”.

Police had said the kidnappers used Endicott’s mobile telephone to demand a ransom of USD 500,000 (Shs1.8bn) for the release of the pair.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the most popular wildlife reserves, runs along the border with conflict-wracked regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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