The operation to arrest the culprits is ongoing with the close coordination of our counterparts from the DRC, whom we have been working with for the last 5 days.
We want to reassure all our citizens and visitors, that their safety and security is our number one priority. The successful recovery of the captives, serves as a reminder to those enemies who want to harm our own people including visitor’s, that we will do everything possible within our means to defend them.
Today, Monday, 8th, April, 2019, the IGP, will hand over Ms. Kimberley Sue Endicott, the American tourist who was rescued yesterday, Sunday, 7th, April, 2019, to Her Excellency, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, at the American Embassy in Kampala.
The victim who had been held captive together with her safari guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, were released because of the implicit threat of the use of force, after the armed captors, knew they were being pursued. At this stage we cannot provide specific details on how the rescue mission was accomplished, for future operational security and tactical reasons.
We wish both, Ms. Kimberley Sue Endicott and her safari guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, a happy reunion with their families, as we continue to appraise the kidnap and rescue operation, to ensure such an occurrence does not happen again.