Stop underage betting menace on the border
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.