BETTING KENYA What is the Fate of Sports Betting in Kenya? 4 years ago Samuel Post Views: 933 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 NIGERIA No Plan To Ban Sports Betting In Nigeria — Lawmaker 2 days ago Samuel BETTING WORLD NEWS Sports betting regulations and licensing around the world 2 days ago Szarlot BETTING NIGERIA BetKing’s 6th Anniversary Marked by Epic Football Showcase 2 days ago Samuel EXPERTS KENYA Kenya Cracks Down On Crypto To Avoid Financial Blacklist 3 days ago Samuel ANGOLA BETTING Exploring the vibrant tapestry of sports betting in Angola 3 days ago Samuel BETTING UGANDA Fortebet Uganda: Revolutionizing the Betting Experience 3 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS KENYA Betting Board Launches Renewed Campaign On Illegal Gambling Dens 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Betting Regulator Enforces Court Order Against Speed Dial Feature On Internet Browsers 4 days ago Samuel BETTING GHANA Sports betting operators support communities affected by dam spillage 4 days ago Samuel BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Understanding Correct Score Betting Meaning 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING NIGERIA The Rising Contribution of Online Betting to Nigeria’s GDP 7 days ago Samuel KENYA ONLINE Kenya To Introduce Cryptocurrency Regulation 7 days ago Samuel 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.