Ndola City Council in Zambia has cracked down on illegal lottery and gaming machines and has confiscated more than 120 of them around the townships. The 123 machines were seized from five Chinese companies for operating without a legal casino license and they will not be returned until the companies comply with Zambian gaming laws related to the operation of lottery and gaming machines.
Machines Confiscated as Illegal
Lottery and gaming machines in Zambia require casino licenses and for the owners to meet the conditions of the laws of the country. The 123 lottery and gaming machines seized by Ndola City Council were not in possession of a casino license.
The machines were seized from five Chinese companies - Bonanza, City Casino, Golden Coast Investments, XF Investments and Violet Blue Investments. The machines were confiscated last Monday and Roy Kuseka, the council's public relations officer stated that the machines would not be returned until the owners met the conditions of the laws of Zambian gambling.
"We are not going to release the machines until the owners present us with proper business and lottery licenses from the State Lotteries Board," stated Mr Kuseka.
Gaming Machines Becoming a Nuisance
Mr Kuseka from the council said that the machines were becoming a nuisance and were being placed all around the townships in inappropriate locations, particularly where they could be accessed by under age children. This was the major compelling reason that the local council chose to crack down on the businesses that were operating illegal machines.
"Most of these machines were put either on the streets or near schools and children under the age of 18 years were not restricted," he explained.
Mr Kuseka clearly stated that those wishing to operate lottery and gaming machines must obtain a casino license in order to do it legally. Casinos and gambling establishments need to operate within the law. He stressed that the local authorities were not against gaming machines as a type of investment or business.
Under the Casino Act, any person who does not hold a casino license and keeps or allows to be kept gaming machines on the premises for the purpose of gambling are guilty and are liable for a fine of up to 10,000 or imprisonment for up to one year. These machines have been confiscated until such time as the companies comply with the laws at which time they may be returned.