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Government orders crackdown on betting machines

12 October 2016, 19:55 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Nyeri County Commissioner Onesmus Musyoki has ordered a crackdown on betting machines in the region saying they were leading to moral decadence amongst the youth.

Musyoki said the operation will be conducted by all security officers including chiefs and police officers.

He disclosed that a communication circular has already been issued to all police bosses in the County ordering them to confiscate the machines and charge the owners in court.

The administrator complained that Chinese businessmen had established gambling and betting machines in every village in the County, as he expressed fear that the play stations will lead to increase in crime.

“The orders are from the Interior Ministry which also licences gambling. The businesses must be closed down because they are likely to create crime dens,” said Musyoki.

He made the remarks in Kieni East sub-county during installation of a new Chief, Samuel Kahuria, 39, for Ndiriti location while accompanied by area MP Kanini Kega.

Kega expressed support for the crackdown saying rogue businessmen were making huge profits by exploiting the youth and taking advantage of unemployment.

“You better take care of the little money you have than engage in gambling to get more. The betting machines are used for exploitation,” noted the law maker.

He observed that a law was in the making to tame the craze.

Meanwhile, the County Commissioner further said a mobile issuance of national identity cards and voter registration exercise would continue despite disapproval by the Opposition CORD.

Musyoki raised alarm that more than 6,000 uncollected Identification Cards were at the County Huduma Centre and office of registrar of persons in Nyeri town.

“Chiefs and their assistants will fearlessly collect the IDs and take them to their owners wherever they are,” he maintained

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