By George Busiinge
Chinese operating gambling businesses in Hoima district are on tenterhooks after the district leaders started a crackdown on their business. The most affected are the Chinese operating slot machines (jukebox gambling coin machine). This came after Hoima police and district leaders in Hoima launched an operation to impound all Jukebox.
The operation left Over 20 slot machines impounded and the operation was conducted in Kasingo, Buhimba, Kiziranfumbi, Kidoma and other areas. Abdul Batambuze, the district Chief Administrative Officer who led the operation said the operation was launched following a council resolution to crackdown on gambling. He said that the Chinese have moved deep in the rural areas and they are seriously cheating poor people.
They claimed that productive age are no longer engaging in development activities because they spend most of their time in gamboling adding that such business is fueling theft among the Youths. They claimed that every week, the Chinese collect millions of Money and they take it to their Country adding that such businesses do not contribute to the economy of the area. District leaders agreed to chase them away from Hoima.
They added that parents have lost their Money because children divert school fees into gambling. This according to the leaders has attributed to school dropouts. Kadir Kirungi, the district chairman says they will soon start arresting landlords who house gambling businesses adding that Chinese are exploiting the local poor man adding that they should not belicensed again.
Hoima Municipal Mayor Mugasa recently also complained against Indians over their involvement in petty Business. She explained that Indians are engaging in businesses which are not supposed to be carried out by investors such match box, books, oil, broom and pan check among yet they call themselves investors and this has forced indigenous business communities give up their businesses because they are no longer making any profit.