By George Busiinge
Over 50 unlicensed slot machines were on Tuesday afternoon impounded in Hoima town in an ongoing crackdown by Hoima municipal authorities and police on illegal gambling activities.
The crackdown followed a council resolution passed recently banning unlicensed gambling businesses in the municipality.
According to the resolution, persons operating unlicensed gambling activities should be arrested and the machines confiscated.
Most of the confiscated slot machines were from Sastus Amusement limited located opposite the former old Kadamu hardware building and those on Fort Portal road bars among others.
The operation attracted excitement from residents who claimed it had fueled poverty among youths and husbands.
Mrs. Mary Grace Mugasa, the municipal mayor said none of the gambling businesses have registered with the municipal authority. “The owners of the machines will only reclaim them with production of valid licenses from the responsible ministry,” he said.
Ibrahim Nzimba, a mechanic who claimed to have Lost sh200,000 on tuesday said such gambling games should be banned in Hoima.
Dema Gabriel, the municipal councilor representing central ward condemned gambling saying it has corrupted the minds of both the youth and the elderly, distracting them from social responsibilities.
However one Siraji, the director Sastus Amusement limited whose slot machines were impounded has vowed to sue the municipality saying his business is licensed by the ministry of trade.
Government recently created an authority dubbed rotaries and gambling regulatory board to streamline gambling activities in the country.
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