Gov’t Assures Safety Of Tourist Attractions In Rwenzori Region

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The Government has assured tourists of safety in the Rwenzori region following the recent attacks that left more than 90 killed.

A statement by the Prime Minister of Uganda, Hon Amama Mbabazi  and the Minister of Tourism, Hon Maria Mutagamba released Thursday notes that Uganda security forces have boosted security in the area.

“The police and its sister security agencies have boosted security in the western districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko following the tragic events surrounding the ethnic and cultural conflicts in the area,” read the statement.

The region comprises the mountain Rwenzori national park which has very significant safari attractions that have drawn an increase in the number of visitors in the area.

“This is to therefore, inform all domestic and international tourists that the combined forces of the Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) successfully countered the attackers who were linked to the Rwenzururu kingdom and arrested several of whom it arraigned before the courts of law.”

The Prime Minister has assured of calmness restored in the area and recreation centers opened by the government in the districts of Bundibugyo and Kasese.

“The local leaders and elders managing these Centers have taken the lead for the immediate restoration of calm by dialoging and engaging the locals and all other stakeholders in the area to solve the current issues,” read the statement.

The Police has also affirmed that the tourism police that is tasked with the primary mandate of ensuring the safety and security of both international and domestic tourists, tourist attractions and facilities in Uganda is fully deployed covering all facilities in and around both the Queen Elizabeth Game Park and Mountain Rwenzori National Park.

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