Matiang’i amplifies onslaught against Kenyan betting firms

Kenya’s cabinet secretary in charge Interior has revamped his focus on reconstructing the state of sports’ betting in the country.

A total of 27 betting companies face imminent closure after recommendations from a multi-agency board. Big players like Betin, in the multi-billion dollar gambling industry, have lost their licences after the Betting, Control and Licensing Board effected the July 1st renewal deadline.

The government is taking the matter so seriously that it is now being handled by the country’s top security organ, the National Security Advisory Committee.

The committee was at the weekend analysing all the companies with a view to advising the Attorney-General and Interior ministry on the way forward. This is happening as the Department of Immigration finalises the list of firms whose directors would be deported.

Also on the list are Betyetu, Elitebet, Bungabet, Cysabet, Nestbet, Easybet, Kick Off, Millionaire Sports Bet, Kenya Sports Bet and Eastleighbet.

SportPesa, Betin and Betway control at least 85 per cent of the market.

 

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