Tendai Gukutikwa Weekender Correspondent
A HARARE man who operated an unlicensed gaming machine business in Dangamvura was last week fined $100 after he was convicted of contravening the Lotteries and Gaming Act.
Adrian Tanyaradzwa Shambawamedza (28) was convicted on his own guilty plea when he appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate Mrs Sekai Chiundura last Thursday. She ordered him to pay the fine or risk 60 days’ imprisonment. The money is to be paid by October 10.
Shambawamedza was also advised by the court to immediately acquire a licence if he wished to continue with the trade and regularise his operations. Mr Fletcher Karombe represented the State. In mitigation, Shambawamedza told the court that he was trying to earn a living and was not aware that he should acquire a licence to conduct the business. He, however, promised the court that upon his release he would operate legally.
The court heard that on September 15, police detectives were deployed in the company of Mr Heavens Gonga, the secretary to the chief executive officer for Lotteries and Gaming in the Ministry of Home Affairs, to arrest unlicensed people who were operating gaming machines.
“They went to Boka Business Centre at Tavern Bar and found two gaming machines which were installed in the bar.
“Shambawamedza failed to produce his licence which granted him the right to operate the machines. He was subsequently arrested,” said Mr Karombe.
He was charged with contravening Section 31 (1) (a) (b) of the Lotteries and Gaming Act, Chapter 10:26, which makes it an offence to organise, manage or conduct any game without a valid licence.