Mutagamba Orders On Gorilla Permits


try geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Minister recently came under fire from UWA boss Dr Andrew Seguya for suspending the permits yet foreign tourists rely on online material for trip bookings.

Seguya recently said UWA lost a staggering shs20bn in the suspension of gorilla permits.

However, in a letter dated March 13, Mutagamba informed Seguya that all gorilla permits will be displayed online but quickly added that the “viewing and sale of the permits will only be by locally registered tour operators.”

The clashes between the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (Auto) and Uganda Wildlife Authority began in July 2013 when tour operators complained that putting gorilla trekking permits online for booking could put them out of business because it exposes them to international competition, where foreign travel companies could directly buy the permits from UWA instead of going through the operators.

The operators went ahead to petition Minister Mutagamba to take action.


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