Hon. Gaffa Mbwatekamwa (Kasambya County) has decried the effects of betting on the Uganda economy.
Rising on a matter of National importance, the legislator said that betting has robbed Ugandans in many parts of the country. He noted that men, women and even children had resorted to betting activities in the hope of getting rich.
“Many school going children in Kasambya have dropped out of school, invested their fees in these machines in the hope of making more money. In the villages many have lost their properties and have resorted to sleeping in animal houses,” Mbwatekamwa said.
He further noted that Chinese and Indians are given licenses as investors, but instead they are robbing from kinsmen. “With the current situation it seems like it’s the Ugandans that are investing in them,” he noted.
The Minister of State for Finance, Hon. David Bahati, said that the Members of the previous 9th Parliament had been as concerned about the vice that was taking the country by storm.
“The 9th Parliament passed the Uganda National Lottery and Gaming Board Act, and I inaugurated it yesterday to regulate the companies involved and raise revenue from these bodies,” he said.
He further informed Parliament that Government has licensed a few betting spots to operate in the city center and the betting board was ready to swing into action to see that the vice is curbed.