The government has applauded the contribution made by the lotteries and gaming industries in assisting the orphaned and vulnerable groups at a time when the safety nets have been crippled by the illegal sanctions.
While government in the past used to have a vibrant social welfare programme to look after the underprivileged members of society, such efforts have been negatively affected by economic challenges induced by illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the West.
The remarks were made by the Co-Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Kembo Mohadi at the Lotteries and Gaming Annual Stakeholders Convention in Harare, where he expressed the governmentâ€™s commitment to partnering progressive organisations in development projects.
â€œAs government, we are happy with the support we are receiving from the lotteries and gaming industry in looking after the underprivileged members of society. The sanctions negatively affected our safety nets programmes and we really appreciate the support,â€ said Cde Mohadi.
Cde Mohadi said this sector has been instrumental especially in education and health development through construction of schools and provision of medical supplies though more can be done to ensure that the industry is made viable for employment creation.
â€œWe really need this industry to grow so that more people can be employed,â€ added Cde Mohadi.
To date, the lotteries and gaming industry has contributed over US$500 000 as aid to various sectors through the casino, lottery and gaming house licences.
The industry is registered and regulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs.