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America tourist found dead in Bwana Tembo hotel

The body of an American tourist found dead in his room at Bwana Tembo Safari camp lodge in Murchison Falls national park in Nwoya district, is to be transferred to Mulago national referral hospital for a postmortem.

The 61-year-old Montie Guy Watson, a resident of Texas was found dead in his guest room at Bwana Tembo Safari camp lodge in Nwoya district on Saturday morning. Watson checked in the hotel on February 13, 2018.

Aerial view of Bwana Tembo Safari camp where Montie Guy Watson was found dead

Yesterday, Sunday police was still waiting for Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the director of police health services to transfer the body to Mulago hospital where a postmortem will be conducted.

Denis Okello, the Nwoya district police commander, says the deceased was in the company of a male black tourist after being left behind by other tourists who headed to Kidepo national park.

It is unclear whether the black tourist is a Ugandan citizen, but police says he was the one who asked the hotel management to break into Watson's room when he failed to show up for breakfast in the morning.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River region police spokesperson says the black tourist is helping police with the investigations into the death of the American tourist.

"The body was discovered yesterday [Saturday] in an hotel at Bwana Tembo Safari lodge…the body was picked and brought to Gulu regional referral hospital before transferring it to Gulu division IV barracks. And plans are underway to ferry the body to take it to Kampala, Mulago national referral hospital for postmortem and that will be done by our director of medical services. More details will come after the postmortem has been done but more inquiries are going on into his death," said Okema. 

Unconfirmed report indicate that blood stains were found in his bathroom. Tom Okello Obong, the assistant director of Uganda Wildlife Authority in charge of Murchison Falls national park hasn't yet commented as he couldn't be reached on phone. 

Earlier this month, two European men were found dead in their respective rooms in two five-star Kampala hotels.

Tersvouri Toomajuha Petteri, 42, a Finnish entrepreneur was found dead in his room at Pearl of Africa hotel on February 5 according to police. Alex Sebastian, 41, a Swede national was also found dead in his room at the Sheraton Kampala hotel on February 6.

Petteri's death has been linked to possible murder involving Internal Security Organisation (ISO) officials. 


+2 #1 Odongo Richard Otim 2018-02-19 12:11
What we are witnessing in our country is unbecoming and a sign of mistrusts, thuggery, and no respects for human life simply because they are strangers in our country and we can do what we want in order to ripp them with there hard earned foreign currencies for our own enrichment.

We have gone back to primitives.
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2018-02-19 14:02
Forgive my language but from the time we were referred to as people from shit hole countries, i have no mercy on these fellows especially if they are from that country where trump is the president.

I wonder why your journalist found it prudent to write about this story, many of our people are always dying in hotels, guest houses etc.

What is wrong with this particular guy dying in a hotel especially if that person is a mere american. Dont spoil my day with nonsense, let them go and bury him in their shithole country.
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0 #3 WADADA rogers 2018-02-19 14:04
Do you know how many Ugandans die in america and nobody takes the death seriously, please not waste the space in the papers
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+4 #4 gwok 2018-02-19 17:02
Quoting WADADA rogers:
Do you know how many Ugandans die in america and nobody takes the death seriously, please not waste the space in the papers

But those Ugandans who die in America are not "mato put-ted" in their hotel rooms, or are they?

Sir, that is the difference - the manner / cause of death. Our hospitality / tourist industry will, surely suffer because of that.
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+1 #5 Akot 2018-02-19 18:02
gwok, agreed!

See how Egypt thas was long time benefector of tourism is suffering due to insecurity that holds back tourists!

How will Uganda wild life attract/promote tourism & bring in the cash if tourists don't feel safe! You don't save money to go on holidays to come back in coffin, right?

How many National Parks does Uganda have & how much would the industry earn to offer social services, if the country was well governed?

Would the entire North need charity-live in poverty...if
Murchison Falls/Kidepo national parks were well run & would the entire region not be developed?

See how la Tour Eiffel/City of London... attrack tourists, yet this is not as diversified-not so natural...as our wild life: just buildings!
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0 #6 Akot 2018-02-19 18:17
Odongo Richard Otim, agreed!

This is what happens when demons rule & there is no respect of life! Mismanagement-dictatorship-bad rule...are breeding ground for all kind of inhumanity & Uganda will go deeper into sin-crime...as museveni gets more control of situation!

EuropeUSA are upside down & house cleaning is not ending: elected members are in trouble for past acts, many have resigned already!

Can you imagine if God had allowed satan to remain in Heaven after he defied Him?

Museveni has turned Uganda into hell where survival is for murderers-thieves-looters-those bought off...!
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0 #7 Jama 2018-02-20 18:22
Soon they will tell us this Hollywood type of mysterious murder,is an act of terrorism.

Don't be surprised when another group of Muslims are paraded as suspects

No regime in Ugandan history has ever persecuted Muslims like the NRM .

This has been one of the strategies applied by the luwero bush war liberators to win the favour of western nations .

It worked because they violated the Constitution as long as they wish without any obstacle from the Western world.

They can jail, torture and murder whoever they wish, then receive a pat on the back kind of reproach. As for mysterious murders of western tourists, why are they holding journalist Ettukuri?
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0 #8 rubangakene 2018-02-20 18:27
"Another one bites the dust!" Surely this is precedent that ought to be addressed very urgently by the police; assuming they have the right training and intelligence to solve these cases.

Enough is enough, bring the culprits to book and hand them if possible to save the good name of Ugandans.

What I don't get is, Uganda is known for its hospitality of refugees and yet other foreigners just keep dying mysteriously in our tourist hotels.

The families of these victims should sue the hotels like they do in Europe. A tourist puts their trust in the country's services and see what happens. Despicable!
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