The Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board has issued new guidelines for operation of gaming and pool betting.
Mr. Manzi Tumubweine, the Board Chairman National Lotteries and Gambling Regulatory Board, says all betting companies require a promoter License for promoters of gaming and pool in Uganda, a principal Agents License for a principal agent in Uganda of gaming and pools promoted outside Uganda and Agents License/Branch License for an agent /branch of a promoter of gaming and pool within Uganda or a principal agent of a promoter of gaming and pool s promoted outside Uganda.
According to the new rules, all premises used for gaming must be approved and licensed by the Secretary to the Treasury.
Licenses must be prominently displayed in all gaming and pool betting premises; not admit students or Children below age of 18 years and be under permanent structures (no kiosks or movable premises).
The structures should also be 100 meters away from social amenities like schools, hospitals, government offices, churches and mosques, according to Tumubweine.
They should also have trained security personnel and abide by the Police terror guidelines, have accessible convenience facilities and prominently display Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board approved messages and disclaimers regarding the effects of gambling.
“National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board help lines and emails must be prominently displayed.”
All games promoted by a licensee must be specifically authorized and approved by the licenser; all rules applicable to games promoted must be approved by the regulator and be prominently displayed in all premises used for gaming.
Casino and exclusive slot machine saloons will operate between 10am – 6am while Sports Betting, Bingo will operate between 10 am – 10pm.
“Minors are not allowed to engage in gaming or betting activities. Premises where gaming and betting takes place must not admit minors.”
According to Tumubweine, new law enacted known as the Lotteries and Gaming Act, 2016 and regulations are presently being finalized to fully operationalize the law.
“New institutional setup introduced by the new law. The sector is now regulated by the Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board (institution) which is a semi-autonomous body corporate.”
He added: “Gambling should be done responsibly. Avoid reckless involvement in gambling. It should only be for entertainment as opposed to being view as a job.”