The Zimbabwean government is going all out against illegal gambling

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At the beginning of 2022, it became known that the Zimbabwean police were actively conducting raids to identify underground casinos and betting shops. Gambling is officially banned in the country, and numerous online casinos operate in a “gray” zone from abroad.

The government is concerned not even so much about the illegal activities of such institutions as about the number of crimes committed on their territory. These include not only robbery and murder but also kidnapping, violence, and human trafficking.

In the course of raids, illegal slot machines, roulette and blackjack tables, and large sums of money are usually found. All equipment is seized and destroyed, and the cash found goes to the state budget.

Despite the possible legalization of gambling in the country, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage says that illegal gambling is causing huge damage in Zimbabwe. At the same time, legal casinos would bring exceptional benefits, including replenishment of the state treasury and quality entertainment for the country’s residents.

According to the government plans, such raids are to be carried out every month, thus completely eradicating illegal gambling by 2030.

Also, an interesting idea was expressed by Mishek Cingoja, Secretary of the Lotteries and Gambling Council. He argues that illegal gambling takes too much money from ordinary citizens, making it impossible for them to reach even the average standard of living Zimbabwe aspires to. He said there are other problems in the country, but losing all the money the head of the family earns only makes things worse. Given the availability of gambling, as well as the popularity of casinos with minimum deposits found on sites of this type, one can only assume how many Zimbabweans play online.

He gave special attention to young people who start getting into sports betting and online casinos at an early age, which puts a cross on their development, studies, and future prospects.

Exactly how gambling policy will be arranged in Zimbabwe is still unclear, but it is clear that the government intends to take the gambling industry under its control. The number of operators who come to the market, and therefore the state’s annual revenue, depends on how the licensing will be arranged in the country. If the tax rates are too high and the registration process too complicated, it may repeat the story of Poland, where no foreign provider wants to enter the market.

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