Gaming Board, Mbarara Municipality Sign MOU to Regulate Betting

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Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Agaba said the regulation will curb advertising of betting companies. Mbarara Municipality will be required to force advertising companies to remove big betting advertising board.

The National Gaming Board Uganda (NGBU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mbarara Municipality aimed at introducing tough lotteries and betting regulations in the municipality. 

The MOU was signed by gaming board Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Agaba and Deputy Mbarara Town Clerk, Richard Mugisha on Wednesday at NGBU headquarters in Kampala.

This MOU is among the many others which have been signed and those yet to be signed with other local governments.

Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Agaba said the regulation will curb advertising of betting companies. Mbarara Municipality will be required to force advertising companies to remove big advertising board. 

The betting companies, he said have been putting up misleading adverts which give false hope and winning confidence. These adverts, he said have tempted students to bet their school fees.

The betting companies will only be allowed to erect adverts only in places where they operate. 

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The MOU also seeks to limit number of branches that a betting company is supposed to open in the municipality. Agaba explained that if big shopping arcades and banks open one or two outlet in a town, why should betting companies be allowed to open seven outlets. 

He said betting companies will only be allowed to open a maximum of two outlets, which will be closely supervised by the authorities.

Agaba said the board is aware of the need for sensitisation because some local government officials they interacted with, were asking for more betting companies instead of limiting their widespread.

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The board has so far signed MOU with Jinja and Kampala Capital City Authority. More lined up MOUs will be signed with Entebbe Municipality, Wakiso district, Mbale and Mukono districts.

Committees composed of members from the Gaming Board and district will be set up to oversee implementation.
 
 
 
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.