President Yoweri Museveni has strongly condemned the suspected attack carried out by operatives believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces on Tuesday. This incident resulted in the tragic deaths of two tourists and a local tour guide. The President emphasized that the perpetrators, whom he referred to as ‘terrorists,’ would face severe consequences for their actions.
Via a statement shared on X (previously known as Twitter), Museveni highlighted that the attack was orchestrated by a small faction of individuals attempting to evade the ‘Operation Shujaa’ operations. He expressed deep sorrow over the cowardly act, particularly emphasizing the devastating impact on a newlywed couple who had chosen Uganda as their honeymoon destination from 193 countries worldwide.
Museveni underscored the necessity of ensuring that similar incidents do not occur in the future, urging the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), the Police, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), and intelligence agencies to continue their efforts to eradicate the ADF. He commended the collaboration between the local community, the Police, and other agencies in averting potential attacks in different regions.
Acknowledging certain gaps in the security measures, the President pointed out a specific lapse in the monitoring of individual tourist arrivals and departures in the national park, which the assailants exploited.
He also mentioned discussions with the army about more effective tracking methods to combat such fugitive groups, drawing parallels with the successful defeat of other notorious criminals in the past.