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

And 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.

Museveni in Makenke Barracks in Mbarara

Museveni in Makenke Barracks in Mbarara

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.”
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.

 

Shortly after the rescue of the American Tourist

Shortly after the rescue of the American Tourist

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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