Lusaka City Council directs all gambling machines removed from shops


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has with immediate effect directed all owners of gambling machines, particularly Bonanzas to remove them from shops.

LCC Public Relations Manager, Chola Mwamba, said the owners should find specific places to turn into gambling establishments which would not be accessible to children.

Mwamba in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday, expressed concern with the move by some shop owners to place gambling machines in their shops.

She noted that the Bonanza machines were being placed in shops especially in the peri urban areas across the city.

Mwamba said this had led to underage children patronising and taking part in gambling activities, an act which had reportedly resulted in some young learners absconding from school.

“This worrying trend has not only raised concerns about the well-being of young people who have now made gambling a part of their routine, but it has also highlighted the urgent need for effective education and prevention programs,” she stated.

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Mwamba added that it was the responsibility of these facility owners to uphold the law and protect the youth from participating in gambling and other activities that were not suitable for young people.

The council, she said, was working closely with relevant authorities to address the issue and would be conducting regular inspections around the city starting with Chipata Compound to ensure compliance with regulations.

“We urge all stakeholders to work together in safeguarding the welfare of children in communities and promote a safe and healthy environment for all residents of Lusaka,” Mwamba advised.

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