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Salone lacks regulatory body on gambling

…avers State Lottery MD

April 7, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura

Managing Director of the Sierra Leone State Lottery has said the country lacks a regulatory body that will monitor and regulate betting in the country.

Speaking in an interview with this reporter, Charles S. Kamara said six years have lapsed since they made a request for a regulatory body to regulate betting in the country, noting that they had discussed the establishment of such a body with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Law Officers Department, and the Attorney- General’s office.

“As a responsible company, we should have had a body that will regulate and monitor our betting and lottery games like NATCOM [National Telecommunications Company] regulating service providers. Therefore we should likewise have a regulatory body to help strengthen the betting system across the country. We need it as it is our greatest challenge as an institution for now,” Kamara said.

He stated that though the State Lottery company now has strong staff capacity and sales points across the country have multiplied, they still need a governing body that will help guide betting activities nationwide.

He maintained that they have never received subventions from government or the Consolidated Revenue Fund as they only operate within their self sourced revenue, adding: “We generate revenue for the government”.

He concluded that the Sierra Leone State Lottery draws are transparent as they are conducted in the presence of representatives of the judiciary, law enforcement department, banks, retailers and the citizenry, and that their machines are up to date.

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