UK govt to pay families of killed tourists in Uganda


The family of British citizen David Barlow and his wife Emmaretia Geyer, who perished in a terrorist assault at Queen Elizabeth National Park, will get compensation, according to proposals revealed by the United Kingdom.

On October 17, the couple and Eric Alyai, their tour guide from Uganda, were shot by rebels they believed to be part of the Allied Democratic Forces.

It has been made clear, nonetheless, that Alyai’s family members in Uganda would not be qualified for reimbursement.

Alyai’s lack of British citizenship or familial ties to a British national is the reason for this decision.

The UK government stated in a statement on Friday that the foreign office has designated the incident at Queen Elizabeth National Park as an act of terrorism.

Under the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme 2012 (VOTCS), this categorization enables victims to apply for compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Those hurt in the assault or the relatives of the deceased can explicitly seek for compensation under this system.

Security services have not yet captured the assailants, who are thought to be a gang of five people. Searches are still on to find them and prosecute them.