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Namibian National Lottery Inaugurated

10 August 2005

NAMIBIA – As reported by the Namibian: "Although gambling is still frowned upon by some people, it seems to be here to stay, Environment and Tourism Minister Willem Konjore said yesterday.

"Konjore said efforts to stem the growth of gambling had been only partly successful, adding that even church groups were now using forms of gambling such as raffles to raise funds.

"…He made these remarks when he officially inaugurated the Lotteries Board of Namibia in Windhoek yesterday.

"The Lotteries Board was created through the Lotteries Act of 2002.

"…No lottery for private commercial gain would be allowed, however," said Konjore.

"The Lotteries Board will supervise and control the National Lottery and administer the National Lottery Trust Fund and the Social Upliftment Fund…"

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