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Uganda to license erotic dancers
Mountain gorillas may soon be relegated as Uganda's top tourist attraction
Uganda's authorities have decided to license nude dancing as a tourist attraction in the capital, Kampala.

They are hoping that the dancing - known as ekimansulo - will generate revenue for the city, Uganda's Monitor newspaper reports. Kampala City council decided to impose high taxes on the dancers at the country's strip clubs.

Ekimansulo had previously attracted criticism from the Ugandan police and had been condemned by the clergy.

"Whether we like it or not, we shall see ekimansulo. It's better, we tax them highly," one councillor said.

Dwindling numbers

After the meeting the council's speaker, Sarah Ssebagala, said "things like nude dancing are a result of development which can't be reversed by any force".

Kampala deputy Mayor Haji Hassib Kabuye said the licences issued to nude dancers would be expensive to control numbers.

Uganda's tourist industry had relied heavily on gorilla-watching tours in the forest along the country's western border.

But the industry was dealt a severe blow in 1999 when eight foreign tourists and a park ranger were killed by Rwandan rebels from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.


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