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Zimbabwe Blocks New Betting Licenses After Surge in Gambling

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Zimbabwe has stopped awarding betting licenses in the southern African nation in an effort to limit a surge in gambling on sports and lotteries in a country with an estimated unemployment rate of about 90 percent.

“We need to control betting, because we can’t be betting everywhere,” Deputy Home Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said by phone on Monday from the capital, Harare. “There are now too many operators,” he said, declining to say how many.