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Gender bias: woman sues betting firm

Accused of gender bias, Victory Sports Betting Limited has been sued by a woman from Bwaise, a Kampala suburb.

In her suit filed in the High court on January 10, 2015, Joyce Najjemba has also sued the National Lotteries Board. Najjemba says that on December 20, 2014, she went to the premises of Victory Sports Betting Limited in Bwaise to place winning bets on football teams based on fixtures at the betting company but she was denied access to the premises on grounds that women are not allowed.

According to Najjembe when she questioned why she was not allowed in, a worker at the company showed her a betting fixture of the company which included words:

“Reprint  ...No women are allowed inside Victory Sports Betting Limited premises….”

Najjemba said she decided to place bets at Victory Sports Betting Limited because it gives bonuses, has the best odds and pays instantly. In addition, she says that the betting company also has various betting opportunities and free internet services, which opportunities were denied to her because she is a woman.

Through Kesiime and Company advocates, she claims that by denying women access to the premises, the sports betting company is acting unjustly.

“That sports betting is one of the most lucrative businesses in Uganda for punters and betting companies of which both men and women are entitled to equal economic and social right, opportunities in the  business, which the plaintiff was denied,” the suit partly reads.

She contends that by denying her a chance to place a bet as a woman, it amounts to fundamental violation of the right to equal opportunities and treatment of which she deserves to be compensated in damages.

Najjemba accuses the National Lotteries Board of negligently failing to ensure that Victory Sports Betting gives equal opportunities and treatment to men and women in respect of their terms and conditions.

Subsequently, she says that as a result of the actions of the sports betting company, she suffered mental distress, anguish and embarrassment, which entitle her to general damages.

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