BETTING KENYA What is the Fate of Sports Betting in Kenya? 4 years ago Samuel Post Views: 788 The fate of sports betting in Kenya is not good. The industry lacks government support and many operator licenses have been suspended. SportPesa, Betway and Betin, among others, are out of steam thanks to the country’s Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). Apparently the rules have changed. It didn’t help when SportPesa argued its case in court. SportPesa wanted judicial support against the BCLB and its purported illegal gambling suspension. In their lawsuit, the company asserted, “The action of the respondents are only not unreasonable, irrational and highhanded but also clearly amount to deliberate abuse of office and state power to achieve ulterior ends.” In spite of its valiant efforts, SportPesa did not prevail. Kenya High Court Justice John Mativo threw out the case, explaining, “…there is no basis the petitioner can operate on an expired license. The claim for damages for alleged loss of business is legally frail. Damages must be pleaded and proven.” It always comes down to money. Officials have altered the application of the 20% tax on gambling winnings so that it now covers amounts wagered as well. Operators are up in arms over huge tax bills and assessments of back monies now due. Some gave up; like Betway they forked it over and is now back up and running. Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta was heard to say that he would approve a complete ban on gambling if lawmakers drafted the legislation. Source: tunf.com About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Kenya, SportPesa, tax Continue Reading Previous Nigeria – The Nigerian Football Federation has detected corruptionNext Tanzania – Betting cannot be a daily source of income More Stories BETTING HOT NEWS SOUTH AFRICA Sports betting, turnover is growing but so are suspicious matches 1 day ago Iwo Bulski BETTING EXPERTS Is Long-Term Betting a Smart Investment Strategy? 2 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA MossBets Steps Up Virtual Gaming In Kenya 2 days ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA Can Nigeria Return to the World Cup Finals in 2026? 2 days ago Samuel EXPERTS KENYA The Future of Online Lotto Payments: Cryptocurrencies and Digital Wallets 4 days ago Szarlot KENYA ONLINE The rise of eSports in the Middle East and North Africa 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING NIGERIA Nigerian players running rings in foreign leagues 4 days ago Samuel BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Analyzing the top 5 online sports betting platforms in South Africa 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING UGANDA Gambler accuses betting firm betPawa of refusing to pay his sh10m 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING NIGERIA PARIPESA Pays Out 500 Million Naira One-Night Win 5 days ago Samuel BETTING UGANDA Pastor closes church after winning over 100m from sports betting 5 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS KENYA The Normalisation of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa 5 days ago Szarlot 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.