Stop un­der­age bet­ting men­ace on the bor­der

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Par­ents and teach­ers in Na­manga and Kiten­gela towns have protested the pro­lif­er­a­tion of Chi­nese bet­ting money ma­chines in­stalled in and around bars and tar­get­ting chil­dren (see page 33).

Star cor­re­spon­dents yes­ter­day counted at least 120 of the ma­chines on the Kenyan side of the bor­der in Na­manga. In Kiten­gela, 300 ma­chines are placed in bars and al­ley­ways.

The prob­lem is not the bet­ting ma­chines, it’s chil­dren be­ing al­lowed to ac­cess them. The op­er­a­tors of the ma­chines are clearly out to catch them young.

The po­lice should mon­i­tor these bet­ting ma­chines and if they find any­one un­der age 18 play­ing on them ought to ar­rest the own­ers and man­agers. Un­der­age bet­ting is against the law.

Bet­ting is al­ready a mas­sive, and still grow­ing, so­cial prob­lem and it should not be al­lowed to reach the un­der-18s.

Only the Na­tional Bet­ting Con­trol and Li­cens­ing Board in far­away Nairobi are man­dated to reg­u­late the bet­ting ma­chines. Until the law changes, the po­lice must pre­vent un­der­age bet­ting.

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