President Museveni bans sports betting in Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has ordered his government to stop issuing or renewing licenses for sports betting firms operating in Uganda, Finance minister David Bahati has revealed.

Speaking to churchgoers on Sunday at Kabale town located in Western Uganda, the minister revealed that President Museveni’s directive aims at curbing the negative impact of betting on the youth.

“We have received a directive from President Museveni to stop licensing sports betting, gaming and gambling companies. The President has now directed the board which has been regulating them….

“From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licenses when they expire,” he said.

The Ministry of Finance's spokesman Jim Mugunga said that he was not aware of the order but cannot doubt it since the communication was made by a minister.

“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,” he said.

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