The exercise took place at Pugu Kinyamwezi area in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam city and was supervised by the GBT Director General, Tarimba Abbas, together with other officials from the National Environmental Management Commission (NEMC).
Briefing reporters after the exercise, Tarimba said the machines were destined to be used for gaming purposes in the city but they were not cleared by the board.
“These machines are unfit to be used in the gaming activities, we will keep on destroying all such kind of machines that will be caught during our impromptu inspections. This campaign will also be conducted countrywide,” he said. “In the next few days the exercise will go to other regions such as Iringa, Geita, Shinyanga, Kagera and Morogoro,” added the Abbas.
According to him, the use of illegal slot machines was denying the country proper income. He said, if every one in the industry will be committed to follow gaming rules and regulations, there will also be positive impact to the national income.
“In the just ended financial year, the gaming activities contributed about 30bn/- to the national income and we expect the amount to reach 40bn/- by June 30th this year,” he said. GBT is a gaming regulatory body which was established under the Gaming Act Cap. 41 and became effective on 1st July 2003. It is responsible for overseeing, monitoring and regulating the conduct of gaming activities in Tanzania.