President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has banned betting and other forms of gambling in Uganda in a bid to tackle addiction among gamblers.
Uganda’s sports betting industry has grown rapidly in recent years, stoking concerns about its impact on low-income families and hard working youths.
According to state minister for Finance David Bahati, President Museveni accused betting firm of diverting attention of the youth from hard work adding that there shall be no further issuance of licences for gambling and betting firms.
The Minister of State for Finance in charge of Planning, Mr David Bahati, revealed this yesterday when he said the President gave the directive because sports betting companies have diverted the attention of 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 told a church congregation at Rugarama Hill in Kabale Town yesterday.
He was speaking at the closure of a four-day conference where he represented the President as chief guest. The conference was organised by Kigezi Diocese.
Mr Bahati said church leaders who have been against sports betting can now praise the Lord because their prayers have been answered.
The Ministry of Finance spokesman, Mr Jim Mugunga, said he was not aware of the directive but added that since it was communicated by a minister, he cannot doubt it.
“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,” Mr Mugunga said.