Par­ents, Bet­ting board must pro­tect kids from gam­bling

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Il­le­gal gam­bling ma­chines that have mush­roomed in vir­tu­ally ev­ery cor­ner of this coun­try are a threat to our chil­dren, es­pe­cially now they are on long hol­i­day. This is be­cause gam­bling and bet­ting could lead to delin­quency among these schoolchil­dren. They will be forced to look for money to gam­ble and bet. There is also the risk of in­ter­act­ing with crim­i­nals in these gam­bling dens be­cause they are rarely mon­i­tored. Par­ents must now take the re­spon­si­bil­ity to mon­i­tor their chil­dren and en­sure they don’t ac­cess these dens. They are likely to get into drug abuse and other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties the more they fre­quent these al­leys. And for our chil­dren to stay safe, the Bet­ting Con­trol And Li­cenc­ing Board, which has the man­date to li­cense gam­ing op­er­a­tors, should take ac­tion against those con­duct­ing this busi­ness with­out ap­proval. It must pro­tect un­der­age and vul­ner­a­ble per­sons against gam­bling as the law re­quires.

RHODA OKUMU Kisumu

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