AN economic consultant has bemoaned the increase in coin operated gambling machines in townships which reduce the amount of money in circulation.
Andrew Kamanga said the keeping of the coins in the machine for a long time was distorting the economy and also attracting criminals, adding that the Bank of Zambia should intervene in the matter.
He said the Central bank should question owners on the legality of operating bonanza gambling machines.
Mr Kamanga said BoZ should ensure that the monies put in circulation should be used towards the distribution of goods and services through spending to boost the economy.
He urged the Central Bank to stop anyone from participating in such kind of gambling as that was taking coins away from circulation.
“The owners of bonanzas must find substitutes for gambling instead of using coins,” he said.
He said storing of coins was illegal and a drain on the economy.
A check in selected parts of Lusaka exposed the extent to which people including school pupils are gambling on the bonanza machines.
Clement Moonga a teacher of Kasamba Basic School in Matero Township, said the trend should be discouraged because many pupils were running away from class to play the game.
“Failure to attend class is a key to failing exams and if pupils come late or stay away from classes it will be hard for them to pass,” he said.
Lusaka City Council acting public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda said the local authority was not responsible for the registration of casinos as that was the role of the Ministry of Finance.