MET to involve NamPol in casino and gambling machine inspections

MET to involve NamPol in casino and gambling machine inspections
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NAMPA

Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) will involve the Namibian Police Force (NamPol ) in the ongoing nationwide inspections of all gambling and casino operations to create a database of licensed and unlicensed businesses.
Speaking to NAMPA on Monday, the spokesperson of the ministry, Romeo Muyunda, said that the ministry’s inspectors have been encountering challenges with operators as they refuse entry to their businesses for inspections.
“Some of the challenges we have on record are compliance or willingness of owners to cooperate with the inspectors to do inspections. There are some that are refusing inspectors to enter their premises. However, we will be engaging NamPol to come on board so that they can accompany the inspectors. That way it will also be easy for the operators to cooperate because some think that they might be robbed or that it could be an illegal operation,” he said.
Muyunda added that inspection for gambling and casino operators in Windhoek was completed, and inspections have started in the Erongo Region.
The MET is specifically targeting accommodation establishments, casino and gambling houses, shebeens, bars and cuca-shops.
The inspections are being carried out in compliance with a High Court order to the Minister of Environment and Tourism to appoint inspectors in accordance with Section 4 of the Casino and Gambling Houses Act, 1994, Muyunda said.
“The inspectors successfully completed the inspection here in Windhoek. However, we do not currently have numbers or statistics of the number of unlicensed gambling machines for Windhoek. We will only be able to share the numbers once inspections are completed in all 14 regions of the country,” he said.
He added that the ministry has not recorded any attempts by criminals to emulate the ministry’s inspectors that are currently conducting the inspection.
The ministry advises the public to guard against criminals that may take this opportunity to pretend to be inspectors and request bribes in exchange for licenses or wanting to confiscate their machines.
Muyunda cautioned that inspectors are appointed government officials and will always be in government-registered vehicles with their appointment letters and national documents.
-NAMPA