A shocking case of tragedy unfolded in Uganda when a newlywed couple, newly married from Switzerland, were killed while honeymooning in the east African country. According to Ugandan police, the couple were found dead on June 30th at a location in the western Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The man, aged 36, and his 30-year-old wife had returned to Uganda for their honeymoon after getting married in Switzerland a few days beforehand.
The local police are currently conducting a manhunt to try and find the perpetrators of this tragic event. According to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the couple had recently been to Zaire and Uganda before deciding to go to the park on their honeymoon “as a celebration of their love.” It’s believed that the couple were killed while walking in the park. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of death, as well as whether the attack was related to the ongoing poaching crisis in Uganda.
The Ugandan government has condemned the horrendous act of violence, and has vowed to track down and bring the killers to justice. Ugandan police are working alongside Swiss law enforcement to back the investigation.
This tragedy is one of many which occur in the African continent, which is plagued by instability and violence. The death of the newlywed couple highlights the risks faced by anyone visiting the region, especially those who are unfamiliar with the culture and the policies of the local government. As the Ugandan government continues to work to address the issues of poaching and violence, they must also ensure the safety of visitors from abroad.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of this newlywed couple, and hope that the perpetrators of this terrible act are brought to justice swiftly.