Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr. Fred Matiang’I has on Monday warned that come June 30th gambling licenses will no longer be renewed automatically.
The Interior CS was speaking during a meeting with Stakeholders in Nairobi when he noted that many Kenyans have been blacklisted with CRB due to gambling.
The numbers which are said to be over 500,000 is made up of many youths who are jobless but gamble.
In addition to that, Dr. Fred Matiang’I noted that the average income of most gamblers ranges between Ksh 5,000 – Ksh 10,000 per month.
The CS threatened directors of the betting company who have not complied by getting genuine working permits that they will be deported.
He further instructed the IG and Directorate of Criminal Investigation to review the list of directors by the close of business on Monday.
Feeling disappointed, CS Matiang’I said that it the directors of these companies that carry away the huge portion of the money collected to their countries with Kenyan having nothing to show for.
The CS’s sentiments come at a time when Kenyan leading betting firm SportPesa is in a row with KRA over the filling of taxes.
KRA accuse SportPesa of failing to pay billions in taxes collected from its clients especially who win through their jackpots.