Gaming Board Impounds Over 50 Slot Machines in Ntungamo Top story

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Leonard Ahimbisibwe, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Ntungamo District, advises those operating betting shops to follow the guidelines to avoid conflicting with the law.

A team of officers from the Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board backed by police and Ntungamo authorities have impounded more than 50 slot machines in the district.
 
The slot machines were impounded on Tuesday in an operation in Rwashamaire, Kagarama, Nyamunuka, Rwamabondo town councils and Ntungamo Municipality.There are hundreds of slot machines in Ntungamo district, but only four of them belonging to Forte bet company are licensed.

The Ntungamo District Police Commander, Damian Katwesime, says some of the outlets were allowing minors to engage in betting in addition to operating illegally.

Leonard Ahimbisibwe, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Ntungamo District, advises those operating betting shops to follow the laid down guidelines to avoid conflicting with the law.
 
He also revealed that the district is in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board to ensure that the business is regulated.
 
The operation comes barely a week after the Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner; George Bakunda called for a ban of the slot machines in rural areas on grounds that they were fueling criminality. He explained that many people have resorted to theft to get money for gambling. 

The National Gaming Board Uganda was established under the Lotteries and Gaming Act, 2016. Section 4 of the act mandates the board to issue licenses for Lotteries, Casinos, Gaming and Betting in Uganda. The mandate includes Licensing, Supervision, Enforcement and dispute resolution.

 

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