By Our reporter
KABALE, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered that no new licences should be issued to sports betting firms and also renewal of permits for the existing ones.
According to Minister of State for Finance, Mr David Bahati, the President gave the directive saying that gambling has diverted attention of the youth from hard work.
“We have received a directive from President Museveni to stop licensing sports betting, gaming and gambling companies. The President has now directed the board which has been regulating them. From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licences when they expire,” Mr Bahati revealed on Sunday during a church service in Rugarama Hill, Kabale town.
Mr Bahati said church leaders who have been against sports betting can now praise the Lord because their prayers have been answered.
The public has received the Presidents directive with mix reactions. The elderly have backed President Museveni but of the youth have rebuked.
“The young people no longer want to work; they spend most of their time in sports betting. The President has done a good job,” Mr Fred Matove, a trader in Kiira Town Council said.
However, Mr Chris Kizito a sport betting beneficiary said, “He has given us free primary and secondary education that have no employment value. What does he want us do? Should he ban betting, rest assured crime is to increase.”