The US president Donald Trump has said that rescuing the US citizen Kimberly Endicott and her guide Jean-Paul Mirenge is not enough. He has called for the arrest of kidnappers
‘‘Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there. Bring them to justice openly and quickly!’’ Trump tweeted on Monday
Mr Trump suggested the kidnapping could have an impact on tourism saying that the abductors must be found “before people will safe in going there”.
Earlier, President Museveni tweeted on Monday morning that Uganda is safe for Ugandans and tourists.
He blamed the kidnapping on “isolated pockets of criminals”. The president said government shall deal with these isolated pockets of criminals.
The two who were abducted were set upon as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park on the evening of 2 April.
Ugandan police said then that kidnappers used one of their phones to demand a ransom of $500,000. It is not clear if that was paid.
Meanwhile, A Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said that the US president should sort out problems in his own country before having a go at Uganda.
Ofwono Opondo was responding to a tweet from President Donald Trump which said that people wouldn’t feel safe going to Uganda until the kidnappers of a US citizen and her Ugandan guide had been caught
Mr Opondo hit back on Twitter saying that “there are more gun deaths in the US than kidnaps in Uganda”
@realDonaldTrump There are more gun deaths in the #US than #kidnaps in Uganda. Nevertheless many people still flock to the #US. Uganda continues to strengthen its security and eliminate criminality with impunity @UgandaMediaCent
— Ofwono Opondo P'Odel (@OfwonoOpondo) April 8, 2019