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Tourism body protests new bird watching tax | Mabamba Wetland Sanctuary

Kasanje Town Council in Wakiso District levied a ‘special tax’ against every tourist visiting Mabamba Wetland Bay for bird watching which the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has protested.

The town council leaders recently introduced a fee of $15 (Shs 57, 405) for each tourist visiting the Mabamba wetland, which tour guides say is unreasonably high. A boat operator also charges $26 (Shs 100, 000) to transport tourists to the wetland.

Shoebill stork - Birding Uganda

According the authorities, the tax is aimed at enabling to raise revenue for the newly created Town Council. UTB deputy Chief Executive Officer John Ssempebwa explained that they will push for the scrapping of the tax, insisting it is uncalled for.

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