In Uganda, the highest denomination of our currency is 50, 000Gs. That said, there are more green notes going around with most everyone opting to use the Sh20, 000 note. When you go the Forex bureau they’ll probably give you a huge wad of 20s and expect you to move through the midday crowd in Kampala’s CBD.
But the prospect of being mugged is nothing compared to the prospect of what you might win if you took that wad and placed a bet on one of the teams in the premiership. That’s what we know in Kampala. We can bet on footie teams in the UK even when we don’t know the first thing from Semuwemba about teams in our own league here.
Kampala is in a green haze; sports betting is the new heroin.
I read somewhere that this type of gambling was illegal in Uganda until recently. I wondered, naturally, what Jada and Scratch for Cash and all those pyramid schemes of yesteryear that made Sudhir rich were all about.
Now it is all legal so all you cats trying to make a quick buck, get out your ATM cards and hit the books. There’s quick money to make. People are making money left right and center.
I thought it was all talk but I heard that some biggie at the place where i work placed a Sh500, 000 bet a couple of days ago and won big – Sh5m. There’s a guy who’s been on a winning streak that forced me to pause a bit in my criticism of the whole thing. A novice not known for his great knowledge of soccer, he has been winning for three weeks straight. I hear all he does is do a pinkie-pinkie-ponkie and the last team his finger falls on is the one he puts his 50Gs or 60Gs or more. He is definitely having a good season, I suppose.