Malawi Gaming Board warns of unlicensed betting like ‘Wachionandani’

Maurice Nkawihe – Nyasa Times

The gaming regulator in the country, Malawi Gaming Board (MGB) has warned the general public not to play unlicensed gaming and sport betting to avoid facing the long arm of the law.

Wachionandani  gambling game commonly played by  street traders

Wachionandani gambling game commonly played by street traders

Speaking in a television programme called Tikhale Tcheru, monitored on MBC-TV, Chief Executive Officer, Master Maliro said, those doing and playing unlicensed gaming like Wachionandani gambling are against the laws of Malawi as such people are not registered.

‘People should play in licensed gambling houses as per the laws of Malawi and that the money realized from such gaming houses head to developments of our country than those that are not registered who turn to steal from people’, said Maliro.

As a regulator, he warned men and women not to participate on Wachionandani gambling as it is not guaranteed and secure to play.

“Those guys doing Wachionandani are dangerous, they entice you to win at first stages but at the end you lose everything. We have seen marriages ending because a woman failed to buy relish because the money was used for Wachionandani, so be warned,” he said.

Maliro gave an option to say those that are willing to do gambling should start playing or doing sport betting which they can win good monies to help their families.

Speaking on the same programme, Deputy Public Relations Officer for Southern Region Police, Beatrice Mikuwa echoed Maliro and warned heavily to women to stop such unwanted behavior as this result to their suffering in their respective families.

“Women must not play those unlicensed gaming like Wachionandani, we don’t want such games to cause conflicts in families,” she said.

The Malawi Gaming Board was established to regulate gaming, control and  issue licenses to gaming premises, impose and collect tax on gaming and further to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing. (Cap no. 47:03 of the Laws of Malawi).

Tikhale Tcheru TV programme is becoming a household name as most viewers are watching it. The programme was previously sponsored by TNM, MTL, PIL and MGB.

The programme comes every Saturday 1PM and repeated Monday at 16 hours and is being produced by Blantyre based media agency Elephant Media Productions.

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Azimayi ambiri ndi amene akudyetsa ndalama za ngati zimenezi.


Juga ya wachionandani imayamba nthawi ino, mwaiganiza.


Juga yolipira imathandiza dziko, mchifukwa chake muone ngakhale kunja MANU, Chelsa ndi Livermbuzi amapanga juga ndipo zimathandiza ma team awo. Inu a Wanderers yambanipo kuti muzithandiza kalabuyo.


Kodi juga ndi yoloredwa Mmalawi muno? Nanga woyenera kulowa ndani? Ambiri akutayitsa ndalama zao pachabe.

Aisha Manyowa

This game must be discarriaged as most women loose their monies, bravo MGB

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