Uganda to Name Road in Honor of Slain Tourists as Support and Investigation Progress

David Barlow and Celia Geyer. Composite: PA

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance minister, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, announced that Cabinet has passed a resolution to name a road in Uganda in honor of the two tourists who tragically lost their lives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dr. Baryomunsi made this announcement during a press conference in Kampala, emphasizing that while no compensation can replace the lives lost, the government is committed to providing maximum support to the grieving families.

The victims, including David Jim Barlow, a British citizen, his wife Emmaretia Celia Geyer, a South African national, and their Ugandan driver, Eric Alyai, were killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists in Queen Elizabeth National Park on October 17.

Dr. Baryomunsi assured that Uganda is collaborating closely with the UK and South African High Commissions to offer emotional, physical, and other support to the bereaved families.

Regarding the investigation, the minister mentioned that the bodies of the tourists were at Mulago Hospital’s mortuary in Kampala and would undergo forensic examination by experts from South Africa and the UK before being repatriated for burial.

He also provided an update on the pursuit of the suspected rebels responsible for the attack, assuring the public that the Ugandan military, together with security agencies, is actively pursuing the suspects. Dr. Baryomunsi urged both locals and the international community not to panic, explaining that the attack was carried out by a small group of rebels fleeing the UPDF’s pursuit in DR Congo and that they will be apprehended.

The minister highlighted increased security measures in areas bordering DR Congo and encouraged residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious individuals to the authorities. He also reiterated the government’s amnesty offer to ADF rebels, urging them to surrender voluntarily before facing forceful pursuit.

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper