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Gambling equipment destroyed in Kenya

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The state authorities in Kenya set at least 40 gambling machines on fire at Matisi shopping centre in Webuye West constituency in Kenya. Bungoma County Commissioner James Kianda lead the action. He said many students are dropping out of school in search of quick money because of the betting machines.

He also said many children are stealing valuables from area residents to raise money for gambling.

 “We have received reports that the children also steal money from their parents and gamble with it. Some sell utensils to scrap metal dealers to get gambling money. All scrap metal dealers are also warned against buying scrap metal from school-going children,” he said. According to the Commissioner, the machines also contribute to immorality and spread of HIV/AIDs among the teenagers.

He said the County Security team will tolerate such and passed a stern warning that whoever will be found with a shop operating the machines will be arrested and face prosecution. “We will not tire in the fight against this vice where many students are dropping out of school to operate gambling machines owned by cartels in this country. The basic education of 2013 requires that all children below 18 years must be in school,” Kianda said. The Commissioner said they will also have similar crackdowns in Bungoma town, Webuye, Kimilili, Chwele and other big towns. He directed chiefs and assistant chiefs to be on the lookout for people operating the betting machines to have them arrested and be arraigned in court. He told them that by June 30, this year, no gambling machines should be found in their administrative units.

Kianda told off owners of the gambling machines that they are licensed to do such business for having a single business permit from the County Government of Bungoma.  “The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) is the only mandated to license betting firms that engage in legal business. We will arrest even those businessmen with single business permits and have betting machines in their shops,” said Kianda.  He also said the war on drugs and substance abuse will continue until such a time they get rid of the vice from the community.  However, Moses Wamalwa, whose five betting machines were also set a blaze said he was going to court for redress. “The County Commissioner should stop interfering with our business but allow us to continue our operations this is where we earn a living. If our business is illegal, let the government also close down sports betting firms,” said Mr Wamalwa.

He said the betting machines are sold between sh80, 000 – sh150, 000, adding they have lost at least sh400, 000 after their forty machines were burnt. Wamalwa said they want the court to compel the security team to compensate them the money they lost when they set ablaze their property illegally.

 

Source: standardmedia.co.ke

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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South Africa gambling operators react to new casino bill

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South African legislators are about to relocate the country’s casinos to Trade Bay, much to the sadness of many local gambling operators.

The move was opposed by the local gambling operators, which would be an enactment of the Western Cape Nineteenth Gambling and Racing Amendment Bill, 2018, and this would lead to a serious downfal in revenue as jobs as well.

The bill was intended to amend the existing Western Cape Gambling and Racing Act, 1996 (Act 4 of 1996), giving the Western Cape government the authority to compel existing casinos in five district municipal regions of the province to transfer to other areas.

While the bill has yet to be tabled before the legislative committee, South Africa-based casino operators like Sun International and Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd. have expressed mixed opinions over the possible impact of the proposed bill to their operations.

Tsogo Sun CEO Jacques Booysen said the company would support the proposed relocations of casinos in Western Cape, as long as it “is done in a manner that makes commercial sense” for them.

South Africa’s biggest hotel and casino operator had been under pressure lately to temper its mounting debt by putting the brakes on acquisitions and business expansion. Tsogo Sun also reduced its spending in the most previous fiscal year by 8%, dropping it down to $261.5 million.

Tsogo Sun planned to submit its comments on the proposed bill before July 31 after seeing the draft legislation, according to Booysen.

Sun International, which operates the GrandWest Casino, was up in arms over the proposed relocation of their competitors, saying it might lead to lower profits and more layoffs in the future. The company’s chief executive, Anthony Leeming, estimated that GrandWest could see a gross gambling revenue decline of 24 percent while “headcount” will drop by 15 to 20 percent.

“The majority of job losses will be from the casino, but a drop in footfall will result in additional and similar job losses in the supporting… operations at GrandWest, as many of these businesses are entirely dependent on footfall generated by the casino,” Leeming said, according to the news outlet.

 

Source: CalvinAyre.com

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BetConstruct attends Sports Betting West Africa

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On July 24 – 26 BetConstruct will be joining the Sports Betting West Africa summit.

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Two killed in Uganda over gambling dispute

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Two people have been killed in Uganda in a brawl allegedly arose over a gambling dispute. One of the dead has been identified as 36-year-old Ronald Mukiibi, a resident of Kabule village in Ttamu Division in Mityana municipality.

Leonard Kiwanuka, the area defence secretary, says Mukiibi was stabbed to death by an unidentified man who was also killed by a mob when he declined to pay him Shis 30,000 (around 250 EUR) he had staked. Mukiibi was reportedly stabbed in the ear, causing him to bleed profusely.

“They have always played cards in this place but this time the two picked a misunderstanding over Shs 30,000 then one of them stabbed his colleague to death,” says Kiwanuka.

Wamala regional police spokesperson, says they were notified about the incident and rushed to the area only to find a mob assaulting the unidentified man for stabbing his colleague to death. He says they rescued the man from the mob but he passed on shortly after arrival at Mityana referral hospital.

Ochom says although the man had killed his colleague, it was unlawful for residents to take matter in their hands.

 

Source: observer.ug

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