Uganda's Finance minister, David Bahati, has confirmed that President Yoweri Museveni, has ordered his government not to issue or renew licences for sports betting firms.
Bahati said President Museveni issued the directive because of the negative impact the betting craze has had on young people.
Bahati said church leaders who have been against sports betting can now praise the Lord because their prayers have been answered.
Church leaders and other opinion leaders in the country have been asking the government to ban sports betting ever since the companies started trooping into the country.
The minister is quoted as saying: “We have received a directive from President Museveni to stop licensing sports betting and gaming 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 licences when they expire.”
However, the ministry's spokesman said he was unaware of the president's directive but added that he does not doubt it.
Sports betting is a phenomenon that has hit African countries in the last 10 years. Most of the companies such as Betway, Sportybet among others, operate in more than two countries.
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