Mombasa residents decry increase of local gambling dens in the area

Mombasa residents decry increase of local gambling dens in the area

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A man operates the coin operated juke box like machines that are used to gamble. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Residents in Mombasa County have raised complaints over the recent increase in local gambling sites in the area.

Speaking to Baraka FM on Monday ,they have urged the County government to launch a crack down on the coin operated machines saying that many gamblers have neglected their families after losing their hard earned money to the coin operated juke box like machines.

The machines are mostly located in kiosks, bars and pool table joints and one can participate gambling with as low as Ksh 10.

Marcus a regular pool player laments that the machines are promoting the culture of laziness among the youth in Mombasa; who he fears might turn to crime to finance their gambling activities.

He urges the government to launch a crackdown on the machines.

“I am not happy at all. Some young men are now idle as all they think about is hanging around this gambling machines .Some have had their houses locked up as they are unable to pay rent since they have lost their money to gambling,” Marcus says.

“I would like to urge the Mombasa county government to launch a crack down on this machines’’ He adds.

A resident in Likoni says those machines are just like any business out there to make profit.

“We are all here to make money and I don’t think this machine is a charity organization” he says.

He too thinks that the machines do not add any value to the society.

“It is addictive because once you lose your sh 200 here, you will be tempted to invest more money in gambling in a bid to try recover what you have lost so to me it’s not adding any value,” he adds.

The Mombasa County executive in charge of Youth, Sports and Gender Mohamed Abbas, has issued a red-light on the operation of those machines saying that those machines were operating illegally.

“We will as from next week launch a crack down on the illegal gambling dens in the county.” Said Abbas.

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