KENYA Kenya following Uganda in banning football betting 2 years ago Iwo Bulski Post Views: 708 Kenya gives notice to betting companies to comply with tax regulations or face closure. The government of Kenya has declared war on betting companies due to its adverse affects on the youth and high spending by patrons. Kenya’s Interior Minister Dr. Fred Matiang’i, said that the government will be turning the betting industry inside out. He called for changes in the Betting and Licensing regulations. According to the reports by the local media house NTV. Interior CS Fred Matiang’i says the betting, licensing and control sector needs to be cleaned up. @OBurrows #NTVAtOne pic.twitter.com/sAuSZqcNm9 — NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) April 1, 2019 The minister ordered the Betting Control and Licensing Board to oversee that betting firms are in compliance with the taxes to avoid obstruction, reports Kenya’s Standard Media Group. “To show that we are serious, all betting licenses in the country stand suspended effective July 1, 2019 unless the holders pay all their taxes,” – said Dr. Fred Matiang’i. Kenya recorded the highest number of youth betting with at least 76 percent of them involved in betting following a recent GeoPoll survey) carried out among youth between the ages of 17-35 in Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The survey further shows that Kenyans spend the highest amount of money in gambling and the highest frequency compared to other African countries. Whilst other countries bet mostly once a month, a majority of Kenyans bet once a week spending about $50 per month mostly on football bets. Youth elsewhere spend less than $50 a month. What of Uganda? Kenya’s order comes months after the President of Uganda banned betting companies in the country citing the bad effect betting is having on the youth. State Minister of Finance David Bahati, was quoted by the privately-run Daily Monitor portal as confirming that no new licenses will be issued for the betting companies and that old licenses will not be renewed upon expiration. About Post Author Iwo Bulski Issues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. See author's posts Iwo BulskiIssues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: betting, Kenya, Uganda Continue Reading Previous Here’s why Everton are not donning SportPesa jerseysNext Six months after war on betting, more pain than gain More Stories BETTING KENYA Kenyans spend over KSh 300b on bets, cigarettes and liquor yearly 20 hours ago Szarlot EXPERTS KENYA Poor tax policy erodes Kenya’s investor attractiveness – survey 2 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Kenyan government orders all operators to close for election day 2 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA The government should work with the betting industry 1 week ago Iwo Bulski KENYA ONLINE The influencers paid to push hashtags 1 week ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA Eighteen new firms enter booming betting arena 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS KENYA Kenya launches AML probe focusing on betting operations 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS KENYA Digital scams have hit Kenya’s gambling and travel industry 2 weeks ago Samuel BETTING KENYA Tanzania joins Kenya, Uganda tax squeeze on gamblers’ winnings 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski BETTING HOT NEWS KENYA BCLB clears 11 betting companies to receive operating licenses 3 weeks ago Samuel BETTING KENYA Sportpesa’s nine lives in regulatory onslaugh 3 weeks ago Samuel BETTING KENYA Kenya’s Gambling, Travel Sectors Top Target For Online Fraudsters 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.