Gaming board destroys unlicensed machines

Malawi Gaming Board has on Thursday 27th May 2021 destroyed 11 unlicensed game machines in Mzuzu City.

The gaming board warned gaming machines operators to ensure that they are properly licensed to avoid having their machines destroyed.

Ofwa Alide who is the board's Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary said the machines were destroyed they were installed without licenses.

"We are destroying these machines because the owners installed them without any license from us as required by the law," Alide said.

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Alide: the machines were installed without licenses

Alide further said tha machines were installed in entertainment places in the city and were confiscated in August last year during a joint operation between the police and the board.

Alide also revealed that two Tanzanian 1s were arrested who revealed that the owner of the machines was a man named Moses from Tanzania as well but was not in the country by then.

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The unlicensed machines before they were set on fire

Superintendent Solomon Gomezgani Mchawi, In-charge Prosecutions Registry at 1 Police Headquarters in Lilongwe said they applied to Mzuzu Magistrate Court to have the machines destroyed because the accused never availed themselves for court proceedings after they were released on bail.

"According to the Gaming Act, the person who brought the machine has a case to answer just as the owners of the places where these machines were installed,” Mchawi said.

The destroyed machines are valued at K6.5million.