IS PARIS MUTUEL URBAIN CAMEROUNAIS A TAX ON STUPIDITY?
It is wrong for powers that be in Yaounde to continue to prey on poor people by encouraging them to play the Pari Mutuel Urbain Camerounais (PMUC). The chances of winning significant money are extremely small that only the ignorant, gullible or desperate are playing. Using the Pari Mutuel Urbain Cameroonais as a means of raising public revenues amounts to a tax on stupidity.
The Pari Mutuel Urbain Camerounais is played much more by the poorer members of our society than by the rich. PMUC takes a slice of the profits and turns the rest over to the government. In my mind it is nothing more than a redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich. It is not my experience that the proceeds of this lottery are spent on things which benefit the poor like healthcare and modern schools.
The PMUC, run with government backing is creating an addictive habit that ruins poor people’s lives and damages thousands of families. The Cameroon government should be in the business of putting people to work and helping poor families, not destroying them.
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Emmanuel in Bamenda writes
Many marriages have broken up because the husband spent his salaries on PMUC to a point that he could no longer afford his kids' school fees. Pathetic!
JJ in Douala writes
Such a lottery would have been a good thing if it was run by the government and the revenue put back in constructing schools, bulding new hospitals, etc.