Who wants to be a millionaire? Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa on Wednesday handed over a licence to Gidani International Limited to operate National Lotteries in Malawi and make people win millions in lottery.
Speaking during the function, Nankhumwa urged Malawians to support the process of making the lottery a reality.
Nankhumwa said he was happy that more Malawians will stand a chance of winning millions of Malawi Kwachas.
The Minister said Malawi Government introduced National lotteries to fund projects which are not budgeted for.
Nankhumwa urged the Gidani compnay to comply “with terms and conditions of licences in order to maintain high and justifiable levels of public confidence,”
Gidani International Shareholder and Director, Jai Banda, assured the stakeholders that the company is in the country to stay.
Banda said the company will create job opportunity and alleviate poverty to the people of Malawi.
“Its not the first time that there will be lotteries in Malawi and I don’t know how they ended but the what I can say is that Gidani will bring a difference,” said Banda.
Gidani International Chairman, Bongani Khumalo attended handover ceremony.
Khumalo said Gidani International through its subsidiary in Malawi would bring to Malawi, a bigger and better lottery than most jurisdictions in the world have ever experienced.
“We intend to use our technological innovations to deliver exciting games and fabulous prizes to our participants while we generate hundreds of millions of kwacha for good causes as proceeds of the sale of lottery tickets.
“The retail sector of the economy of the country in the form of individual entrepreneurs, small medium and large retailers and many more businesses will benefit by vending National Lottery products and games,” said Prof. Khumalo.
According to Khumalo, the company will soon start training selected and accredited businesses and individuals who have been nominated to become retailers and will be provided with equipment, consumables, shop fitting and support for free.
The chairman then pledged to work closely with the National Lotteries Board and the Malawi Government within the parameters of the legislation aimed at responsible and integrity rich participation in the national lottery.
The company, which is expected to start its operations in November, 2015, intends to roll out 2,500 point of sale terminals and 200 mobile instruments in the near future.
Gidani International is a South Africa based lottery management, infrastructure and technology supply company, whose mission is to provide exceptional gaming and lottery management through subsidiaries, associate entities and agencies in Africa and other continents and regions, in a manner that continually enhances the experience and value of one and all stakeholders.-Additional reporting by ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :