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Uganda puts a ban on sports wagering

Uganda puts a ban on sports wagering

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has prohibited all sorts in the country and has issued an order that no new licenses would be issued to sports wagering companies. The order also stated that the existing betting licenses shall not be renewed.

The Minister of State for Finance, Mr David Bahati asserted that the President issued the directive stating gambling has diverted the attention of the youth from hard work. According to the directive, youth of Uganda has got distracted due to gambling and they have forgot the worth of hard work.

"We have received a directive from President Museveni for stopping licensing sports wagering and gambling companies. The President has also directed the board which has been regulating them. They also asserted that the new companies are going to be licensed."

The Minister of Finance spokesman, Mr Jim Mugunga said that he was unaware of the President's order but he added that he completely supports him.  He also added that although he was not aware of the directive but he said that since it was communicated by a minister, he doesn't have a reason to doubt it.

“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,” Mr Mugunga said.

Mr Bahati also said Mr Museveni has also promised to table the Bill on qualifications of religious leaders before Cabinet for discussion and later consult the clergy.

In his speech read for him by Mr Bahati, the President expressed his gratitude for Anglican Kigezi Diocese Bishop George Bagamuhunda and his Catholic counterpart of Kabale Diocese, Rt Rev Callist Rubaramira, for championing unity among Christians in Kigezi region.

“We thank Bishop Bagamuhunda for being transparent while handling church affairs, besides being developmental and we urge all Christians and church leaders to be faithful and trustworthy,” Mr Bahati said.