By Bernard Munyao
The government should completely ban betting in the country as it is making young people lazy, Murang’a Women Representative, Sabina Chege has said.
Ms. Chege noted that young people were spending most of their time engaged in betting trying their luck to win money.
The County MP said the youth especially in colleges and universities end up gambling their school fees thus subjecting their parents into agony.
Speaking when she granted youth from Murang’a scholarships to pursue technical courses on Monday, Chege highlighted that some youth have lost interest to pursue higher education with anticipation of being rich through betting.
“Majority of our young people have embraced the spirit of betting making them not to think about matters that will shape their future,” noted Chege.
The gaming companies she observed are minting millions of shillings, saying only a small percentage of what they generate benefit people.
“By analysing how betting works you will realise these companies are making millions and only small number of people are announced as winners,” remarked Chege.
She said our youth should be enlightened that the practice would not make them rich as the betting companies’ purports.
“Young people especially those who completed their secondary education should enroll to technical training institutions to acquire skills which will assist them to generate income instead of sitting idle waiting to win from gaming,” attested the MP.
In Kenya, she said there was a high demand for technicians who were mostly produced by middle-level colleges and polytechnics.
Market for plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and mechanics among other artisans is very huge in our country but young people are shying away from training in these courses,” she added.
During the occasion, more than 70 youth got sponsorship from Affirmative Action Fund to study various short courses at National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) centre in Athi River.
The training which is also partly sponsored by NITA, Chege said, will enable the youth to employ themselves after completion.