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“Uganda Must Produce American Tourists’ Kidnappers” – Trump Demands

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By Samuel Frencha

US president, Donald Trump has Monday, April 8, has tasked Ugandan authorities to find ‘the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide’.

‘‘Bring them to justice openly and quickly!’‘ the president tweeted on Monday, adding that it is the only way ‘people will feel safe going there’.

Mr. Trump made the call in a short statement posted on social media.

“Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there,” he wrote.

President Yoweri Museveni had earlier reassured tourists that ‘Uganda is safe’, describing last week’s kidnappers as ‘isolated packets of criminals’.

A tweet from his office noted that tourists should come and enjoy the beauty of the Pearl of Africa.

“Last evening, security officials briefed me about the rescue of American tourist Kimberly Sue and her Ugandan guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, who had been kidnapped by criminals in Queen Elizabeth National Park,” Mr. Museveni wrote adding that, “We shall deal with these isolated pockets of criminals.”

Uganda Police also issued a statement on Monday, reassuring visitors to Uganda of safety, while at the same time sharing the latest updates on the hunt for the criminals.

‘‘The operation to arrest the culprits is ongoing with the close coordination of our counterparts from the DRC, whom we have been working with for the last 5 days,’‘ read part of the police statement.

The statement did not address the reports that a ransom was paid to secure the release of the victims, rather explaining that ‘specific details on how the rescue mission’ cannot be released for tactical reasons.

However, this website independently verified that the pair was freed after a ransom was paid, according to officials with the safari company with which they were travelling.

Ms. Jane Goldring, a director at Wild Frontiers, said the two kidnapping victims had been freed. The government authorities also issued a statement confirming the same.

They were dropped off at a point near the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday, after paying a ransom the official said.

He asked not to be named because he was not authorized to provide details about the circumstances of the release.

The official said he did not know the identity of the kidnappers and that Wild Frontiers paid the ransom.

The woman, Ms. Kimberly Sue Endicott, of California, was kidnapped Tuesday evening while on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park in western part of Uganda.

Also taken was her Ugandan guide, Mr.  Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo.

Mr. Paul Goldring of Wild Frontiers, left, with Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, the guide who was kidnapped.

The park, home to more than 600 bird species and some 2,500 elephants, is generally regarded as safe for tourists.

A group of gunmen stopped the tourists’ vehicle and seized the American woman and the guide.

The gunmen left behind the two other tourists, who were described by the Ugandan police as an elderly Canadian couple.
The revelation has since watered claims by Ugandan authorities that a joint operation by security forces rescued the Ms. Endicott and Jean-Paul.

“Both were rescued from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are safely back in Kanungu district in Uganda,” claimed government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo before Wild Frontiers described his statement as false.

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Uganda Willing To Grant Ousted Bashir Asylum

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By Samuel Frencha

Government of Uganda has shown interest in granting asylum to Sudan’s Omar al- Bashir who was ousted by army on Thursday last week should he apply for it.

While presenting the ministry budget proposals for the Financial Year 2019/20, Uganda’s State Minister for foreign affairs, Henry Okello Oryem told journalists that if Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda, it will be a matter that will be considered by the president.

President Omar Bashir was co-guarantor for the peace agreement of South Sudan, he has played a very critical role which we are very grateful and his asylum in Uganda is something we can consider” – Minister Oryem told journalists.

Bashir was forced by Sudan’s army  to step down following massive protests across the country with many accusing him of corruption and failure to solve economic hardships in the country.

 

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Sudan Coup Leader Awad Bin Auf Resigns

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The head of Sudan‘s ruling military council has resigned in a speech broadcast live on state television, naming Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor.

The announcement by General Abin bin Auf  late on Friday as tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a civilian-led transition after the military overthrow of the country’s longtime ruler, Omar al-Bashir.

“I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” Ibn Auf said, just a day after he was sworn in as the head of a transitional military council.

“This is for the benefit of our nation, without having to look at special interests, big or small that may impede its progress,” he said in a brief statement.”I would like to recommend that you work together and reach a solution very speedily.”

Ibn Auf said he was confident Burhan “will steer the ship to safe shores”, and added he was stepping aside to “preserve unity” of the armed forces.

Protesters in Khartoum greeted the move with “ululations and cheers”, said Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan.

“People are celebrating on the streets; they are saying that they managed to topple President Omar al-Bashir after four months of protests and less than 48 hours after the military council took over, they managed to bring down Ibn Auf, too,” she said from the capital.

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Omar al-Bashir has stepped down After 30 Years Rule

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By Samuel Frencha

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Apr 11 – Sudan president Omar al-Bashir has stepped down after months of street protests against his leadership, international media reports.

There has been no formal announcement about Bashir’s resignation, but local state television said on Thursday morning that the army wass set to make a ‘major announcement’ leading to celebrations on the streets and outside the palace in Khartoum which remains secured by the military.

Several international news outlets quoting reliable government sources reported that Bashir had stepped down, with reports indicating that a transitional council led by Lt. Gen. Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf willbe in charge.

Bashir has been in power for 30 years.

Tens of thousands of people have been maintaining a protest vigil outside military headquarters since Saturday, demanding the removal of the president.

On two successive nights they were attacked by intelligence and militia forces loyal to him – and on both occasions the army stepped in to protect them.

This was an early sign of fracturing in a previously steadfast security establishment.

State media said the military would make an important announcement imminently.

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