The bodies of the two tourists who were killed in an apparent terrorist attack are currently at Mulago City Mortuary, awaiting repatriation by either the government or their respective home countries.
According to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), there are no established provisions for the government to compensate or repatriate the bodies of tourists who pass away during their stay in the country.
UTB spokesperson Mr Gessa Simlicious stated that due to the uncertainty surrounding the terms of visitors’ stays, no formal agreements are in place, with the exception of potential compassionate compensation.
In relation to the specific case, Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris, the firm responsible for the tourists’ travel arrangements, clarified that they were responsible for transporting the deceased’s body and covering the associated costs.
Additionally, the British High Commission has been in contact with the relevant authorities and is providing consular support to the family of the British nationals.
Regarding the repatriation of the bodies, Ms Tina Wamala, the spokesperson for the British High Commission, stated that she needed to consult with her superiors to confirm their involvement.
Meanwhile, the company overseeing the travel arrangements confirmed that they had fully covered the burial costs for one of the victims and that the Uganda Wildlife Authority had provided transportation for mourners to attend the burial, scheduled for Saturday.