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Profile of Kidnapped Ugandan Tour Guide Jean-Paul Mirenge

Particulars of the Ugandan tour guide, who was kidnapped with an American tourist in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday evening, have emerged.

Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, 37 and U.S. national, Kimbley Sue Endecott, 35, were put on gunpoint by armed militants before disappearing with them.

Police said the hunt for the kidnappers is underway with the view of rescuing the victims.

The unknown gunmen have since asked for a $500,000 ransom for them to release the hostages.

Mirenge is employed by World Frontiers Travel Africa.

At the time of the kidnap, Mirenge and the tourist were on an evening game drive.

Who is Mirenge?

According to the official website of World Frontiers Travel Africa, Mirenge was born on June 16, 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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He grew up in the area near Goma – the capital of North Kivu province, Eastern DRC.

“He moved to Uganda in 1992 and now lives in Entebbe and has a wife with two young children,” reads Mirenge’s profile.

“His hobbies include participating and watching sports, especially football and also listening to music in his spare time.”

Paul joined Wild Frontiers in 2007 after he had been working for five years already in the tourism industry as a guide.

He is a professional guide with a certificate in professional guiding from Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA), Wilderness Medical Associates First Aid certificate, 4X4 driving certificates (high range and self-recovery) and many years of experience.

His language abilities include English, Swahili and French adds to his versatility as a guide.

Defence spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire described the kidnap as an “isolated incident” and reassured on general security for the tourists.

“All security agencies are coordinating to ensure that the tourist and guide are freed unharmed,” said Karemire.

“Be reassured that rest of the tourism places in the country remain very safe with this incident being just an isolated one.”

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