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Buvuma Fishermen Protest New Revenue Rates

The fishermen and other boat operators pay 250,000 shillings license fee to the Ministry of Works every year. However in the revised rates, boats are required to pay Shillings 50, 000 and passenger boats between 20, 000 to 60,000 according to its size every month and 240, 000 shillings to the district per year.
Fishing boats at Kiyindi landing site.

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Fishermen and boat operators in Buvuma are protesting against the increased revenue rates.

The district council adopted the policy to improve the local revenue base mainly targeting landing sites and markets.

Although the district authorities argue that the policy went through all necessary steps, the fishermen claim they were not consulted during the process of passing the ordinance.

The fishermen and other boat operators have been paying 250,000 shillings license fee to the Ministry of Works every year.

However in the revised rates, boats are required to pay Shillings 50,000 and passenger boats between 20,000 to 60,000 shillings according to its size every month and 240, 000 shillings to the district per year.

Daniel Ddungu a boat owner says they were not consulted when reviewing the rates. 

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The Chairperson Person of Kirongo landing site Joseph Mubiru says that they will not abide by the new rates. 

“Prices on permits have been hiked regardless of the capacity and purposes boats serve, yet there is a fisheries act guiding such payments. As fishermen we are bound not to respect the new rates”  .

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However, Ismael Kabonge the District Principal Administrative Secretary, denies that the rates are politicized they have been in place for a long time.

He adds that they could only collect local taxes such as trading licenses, local hotel, service and fish movement taxes which have instruments establishing them. 

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