Gambia Bans Gambling

By Sailu Bah and Mustapha Jallow
A news release from the Office of the President announced on GRTS
television on Sunday, 1 March, has banned lotteries, casinos and allforms of gambling in the country with effect from Monday, 2 March,
2015.
The release added “All operators of these services and
establishments are hereby instructed to cease operations from the
effective date”.
The statement further indicated that ‘it is the duty of the Gambia
Government to safeguard and promote the welfare of our citizens.”
It also cited the mushrooming of “sports betting and gambling dens”
all over the country and pupils spending their lunch money at kiosks
during school hours.
Following the announcement, this reporter went round, in both Banjul
and the Kanifing Municipality, yesterday to find out the impact on the
said businesses/operations. It was observed that all the major game
betting places in Banjul and those along the Serekunda-Brikama Highway
were closed as well as the kiosks within the vicinity of
Westfield, Churchill Town and Serekunda market. The Gambia National
Lottery (GNL), Primier Games Betting, Kaay Win, ISS Trading Premier
and KS Primiere are
some of the businesses which stopped operation as a result of the
announcement from the Office of the President.
A young lady in her early twenties, who was recently
employed in one of the game betting businesses, told this reporter
that  management has asked her not to come to work until further
notice. She expressed hope that they will soon reopen for her to start
work again.