7 ma­chines seized in crack­down on il­le­gal gam­bling

Homa Bay county com­mis­sioner says un­scrupu­lous op­er­a­tors can­not be al­lowed to swin­dle res­i­dents

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

Homa Bay county com­mis­sioner Kas­sim Far­rah has or­dered a crack­down on il­le­gal gam­bling dens and il­licit brew.

He said the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal gam­bling dens and il­licit brew is a se­ri­ous threat to se­cu­rity and the so­cial fab­ric of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Far­rah spoke on Wed­nes­day dur­ing a farm­ers’ field day in Kibiri, Rachuonyo North sub­county. He said they have seized seven ma­chines and ar­rested their op­er­a­tors.

“We won’t al­low un­scrupu­lous op­er­a­tors in the gam­bling busi­ness to swin­dle gullible cit­i­zens out of their hard-earned cash. All gam­bling busi­nesses must be li­censed and reg­u­lated by the Bet­ting Con­trol and Li­cens­ing Board,” Far­rah said.

He urged res­i­dents to plant fruit trees to con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­duce fruits to gen­er­ate in­come.

Agri­cul­ture ex­ec­u­tive Eluid Otieno said the county gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties to give farm­ers ac­cess to af­ford­able credit and mar­ket.

He com­mended Cap­i­tal Grown Mul­tipur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety for or­gan­is­ing the field day and urged res­i­dents to join it to boost agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion.

Otieno said the county has bought mo­tor­cy­cles for agri­cul­tural ex­ten­sion work­ers to en­able them to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices. He said the county has mapped out model farms in all 40 wards. Otieno said farm­ers will be equipped with mod­ern skills.

He urged area MPs to push for laws to set up an in­de­pen­dent agency to con­serve Lake Vic­to­ria. Otieno said the lake is heav­ily pol­luted and chocked up by hy­acinth.

“I have con­sulted some MPs from the lake re­gion to have them lobby for the es­tab­lish­ment of a well-equipped statu­tory body to un­der­take con­ser­va­tion of the lake,” he said.

Agri­cul­ture chief of­fi­cer Jennifer Polo urged farm­ers to use the Kimira Oluch ir­ri­ga­tion project to di­ver­sify their crops, in­crease yields and im­prove food se­cu­rity.

/ROBERT OMOLLO

Homa Bay county com­mis­sioner Kas­sim Far­rah signs a con­do­lence book for for­mer First Lady Lucy Kibaki in his Homa Bay town of­fice on May 3

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