Police Assures Safety of Tourists as Bodies of Newlywed Couple Await Forensic Examination

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The Uganda Police has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the safety of tourists in the country following the tragic murder of a newlywed couple. In a security press conference held today, October 23, 2023,  the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, announced increased patrols along major roads, highways, and tourist sites, highlighting the government’s efforts to guarantee peace, safety, and security.

Enanga informed the public that the bodies of the two tourists, hailing from the United Kingdom and South Africa, are currently awaiting forensic examination. Expert teams from the UK and South Africa will work in collaboration with local authorities, including the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and intelligence teams, to analyze the evidence and conduct a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the attack.

Expressing deep sorrow over the tragic incident, Enanga emphasized the police’s dedication to solving this heinous crime. Once the forensic analysis and evaluation are complete, an official report on the victims’ deaths will be prepared and handed over to the respective British and South African high commissions.

The local Ugandan guide and driver accompanying the tourists, Eric Alyai, underwent a comprehensive examination and his body has been released to the relatives after the post-mortem examination. The families of the fallen tourists, along with the Ugandan authorities, anxiously await the repatriation of the victims’ bodies.

President Yoweri Museveni assured the nation that the Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) mountain brigade and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) forces are actively pursuing the alleged terrorists involved in the attack. The president condemned the incident and vowed to hold all responsible individuals accountable for their actions.

As investigations continue, the Ugandan police, in collaboration with international partners, remain resolute in their determination to provide a safe and secure environment for tourists visiting the country. The government’s swift response demonstrates its commitment to safeguarding both local and foreign visitors, emphasizing that such crimes will not be tolerated within its borders.

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