Ochola to Handover American Tourist to Embassy

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embassy in Nsambya this afternoon.

Kimbley was released together with her Uganda tour guide, Johnpaul Remezo on Sunday after spending five days in the hands of kidnappers

The Inspector General of Police-IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola is expected to hand over Kimbley Sue Endecott to the US embassy in Nsambya this afternoon. 

Kimbley was found on Sunday after spending five days in the hands of kidnappers together with his Uganda tour guide, Johnpaul Remezo.  

Four armed men kidnapped the duo from Queen Elizabeth National Park on April 2, 2019. They later demanded for a ransom of Shillings 1.8bn.  

A convoy of US Embassy vehicles and police directors among others Assistant Inspector General of Police-AIGP, Abbas Byakagaba and Police Chief Political Commissar, Asan Kasingye, arrived at the police headquarters eleven minutes to 1pm.    

The convoy parked outside the IGP's wing where Kimbley accompanied by three other officials from the US Embassy proceeded to IGP's office for a meeting that last for about 20min was held.

By the time of filing this story, US Embassy officials and some senior police officers had accompanied the IGP to the US Embassy to hand over Kimbley to his close friends. 

Sources at police headquarters said among those waiting to receive Kimbley is an elderly couple, Martin Julius and his wife Barbel who were left stranded in Queen Elizabeth National Park when the kidnappers varnished with keys of the vehicle, which the group was using.  

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, had earlier said IGP Ochola would hand over Kimbley to the US Embassy later in the day.

"The IGP will hand over US tourist to the embassy today and we would like to wish her and tourists guide Remezo good times when they reunite with their families," Enanga said.

Enanga denied claims that the kidnappers released Kimbley after receiving ransom from his family.

"As police we don't give ransom and if ransom was paid to kidnappers that can be clarified by his family," Enanga said.

Sources said Kimbley's kidnappers received US $30,000 about Shillings 100m. 

According to sources, after receiving the money, the kidnappers called Wild Frontiers Safaris Uganda and directed its workers where to find Kimbley and Remezo. 

However, Enanga insisted that kidnappers released the victims after elite forces resolved to attack their hideout.

Police declined to explain the fate of six Ugandans including a 12 year old child who were kidnapped near Ishasha Uganda-DRC border.


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Kato Joseph
Joseph Kato is an investigative journalist with experience stretching from 2014 when he started professional journalism. His areas of specialty is in crime, security and human reporting. e has won two journalism awards particularly in reporting about rights for children and victims of security brutality.