Betting firms stalemate :Govt to deport 17 foreigners  for operating betting firms illegally

Betting firms stalemate :Govt to deport 17 foreigners for operating betting firms illegally

BY  KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH JULY 2019-Plans are underway to  17 directors of gambling companies  deported .The government plans to deport  the directors for operating betting firms illegally.This  comes as e crackdown on the betting culture in the country intensifies.

According to Interior ministry spokeswoman , Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has already signed deportation orders for the officials, mainly from Eastern Europe who are accused of violating their work permits to engage in gambling.

“Most East Europeans violated work permits by engaging in business not stated on applications,” Wangui Muchiri said, “The deportation orders are immediate.”

In the recent days ,the government  has intensified a crackdown on gambling in the country, and has even ordered mobile telecommunication companies to shut down short codes operated by betting firms, sparking outrage from the firms which have already filed a challenge in court.

Most betting firms in the country among them  Sportpesa and Betin of having failed  to pay taxes and violating several other regulations.

Other firms affected include Lucky 2 U, Asian Betting and Gaming Ltd, Kick Off Sports Bar Ltd, Mozzarbet Kenya Ltd, Atari Gaming Ltd, Millionnaire Sports Bet Ltd, Premier Betting Ltd, Advanced Innovation Ltd, Sekunde Technologies among others.

It is estimated that the industry turns around Sh200billion annually.

Affected  firms  however  insist they are being targeted unfairly while claiming that they pay requisite taxes as required by law. They also claim to have fulfilled  all legal requirements including having operational licences.


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