Uganda police ban playing pool in the daytime

Posted on June 29, 2006 

Uganda police ban playing pool in the daytime

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police have banned people from playing pool during the daytime because it encourages crime, local media said Wednesday.

The game is very popular in the east African nation, where pool tables sit under canopies outside thousands of small bars.

But Kampala police chief Grace Turyagumanawe said youths often played while drinking illegal spirits and smoking drugs.

“They also use this as a meeting place to make plans of robbing people of their property at night,” he told the Daily Monitor newspaper. “We are not banning the sport, but we are stopping people from playing it during the day.”

Bar owners like pool tables because they earn income but use no electricity. Uganda has suffered power cuts for months.

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from My Way

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