Police in Narok North Sub-county have today arrested two people dealing with illegal gaming business and seized five-lottery machines in Narok town.
Narok North Police Commandant, Frederick Kibenei, said the two who are youth were arrested after a crackdown by the security team to nub those dealing with the prohibited business.
“The business people are collecting money from the members of the public who are mostly youths, aged below 30 years, through the outlawed games,” he said.
Kibenei who spoke from his office said the illegal game was encouraging criminal activities in the town as many young people idle around the business premises doing nothing.
“One will wonder where the many youth who idle in the gaming premises earn their living from. We will not allow the businesses to continue as they are illegal and encourage criminal activities,” he said.
The Police Boss appealed to the public to collaborate with the police by giving the necessary information that will lead to the arrest of any other person dealing with illegal gaming in a bid to help in eradicating the vice.
“This will not be done by the police alone, we need everybody to come on Board so as to report any business premises that deal with illegal gaming where the members of the public are asked to give money,” said Kibenei.
He encouraged parents to engage their children in giving guidance and counseling on regular basis as they are the most vulnerable to be used in the illegal business.
This comes only a week after Narok County Commissioner announced that the security team would be moving from estate to estate looking for the illegal gaming premises to arrest the owners.
He advised the business people to engage in profitable jobs like poultry rearing, bee keeping, dairy goat keeping and retail shops instead of doing something that will bring them to a loggerhead with the government.
“The government banned lotto game after it emerged that many youths were wasting their time in gaming premises and lost a lot of money to the business people who deceived them that their money would multiply instantly,” he said.