Kidnapped tourist: No clues yet, 40 Rwandans arrested

More than 40 Rwandan nationals are in police custody following their arrest on Thursday evening inside Queen Elizabeth National Park near Kasese.

The Rwandans were travelling in three mini buses registration numbers UBA 841 D, UBD 338 V and UBE 325 P are said to have moving in the direction of Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the same direction suspected to have been taken by the gunmen that kidnapped American tourist, Kimberly Sue Endicott and a guide, a Congolese national Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo.

The arrest came as security agencies intensified the search for Kimberly and Mirenge deep into the park which has however not provided any meaningful clues.

The State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda who is camped in Kasese with senior security chiefs to oversee the rescue mission, told IntelPost  that no useful clues have been established.

He spoke as he entered a meeting with security chiefs to review the outcome of Friday’s search for the hostages.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said, a statement will be issued once something tangible comes up.

“Operation still on going, we are still waiting until something tangible comes up [because] we don’t want a situation that will endanger the lives of the victims,” Enanga said.

Kimberly and Mirenge were kidnapped on Tuesday evening along the Edward track while on an evening game drive. Their captors have since demanded a Shs 1.85 billion ransom.