President Yoweri Museveni has directed that there will be no new registration of sports betting and gambling companies in Uganda.
Also those that are already in operation, the president ordered, will not have their licenses renewed when they expire.
This revelation was made by State Finance Minister for Planning David Bahati, at a thanksgiving ceremony for Bishop George Bagamuhunda in Kabale on Sunday.
Bahati says the President was receiving increasing concerns mostly from church leaders, about sports betting and gambling addiction especially among the youths.
“We have received a directive from His Excellency the President that we should not license new sports betting companies, and that we don’t renew the existing ones when they expire,” he said.
The revelation comes barely two years’ since government passed and started implementing strict Lotteries and Gaming (Betting) Regulations, which among others provide for the advertisement procedures, betting time, the proof of age of betters among others.
At the event, president, through minister Bahati applauded the good work that is being done by the church mostly in the diocese of Kigezi led by Bishop George Bagamuhunda to keep the spirit of the revival that was left by the previous bishops.
He applauded the bishop for being a man of integrity, self-motivated and developmental.
President Museveni asked the church to join in the fight against corruption by using the pulpit.
Emeritus Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi in his summon, asked leaders to walk in humility when they are given leadership roles.
“When you become archbishop or any other leadership role, you are lifted high but if you don’t humble yourself and be with the people, after leaving office you face problems,” he said.
At the function 130 million shillings was raised in cash, and 12million in pledges for the construction of the Mothers Union building.