It is now emerging that the war against betting firms in Kenya has nothing to do with tax compliance or taming the betting habits among the kenyan youth.
The Jubilee government has renewed the liences for seven betting firms; Odibets, Betpalace, Mcheza, Kwikbet, Betika, Shabiki and Gamemania, all of which are associated with top Kenyan politicians and businessmen. However, most top betting firms owned by non-locals have been denied licensing in a new move by the government.
Mcheza is associated with former TV presenter Julie Gichuru and businessman Peter Karimi, who is the CEO.
OdiBets is owned by Jimmy Kibaki, son of former president Mwai Kibaki.
Shabiki is run by Royal Media Services owned by businessman and media mogul S.K Macharia.
Betika is owned by Shop and Deliver company, a local company owned by Kenyan millionaires.
GameMania, a virtual casino, was launched by Rambo Resources Ltd, a betting company owned by businessman Peter Gitau Njau.
The same government is busy frustrating top betting firms like SportPesa, Betin, Betway, 1X Bet which have all been heavily involved in supporting sports in the country including sponsoring national teams like Harambee Stars, sponsoring local teams like Gor Mahia among other CSR initiatives.
To cause more injuries to youths, the owner of the country and former first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta over the week asked youths to love (her country) Kenya.
“I ask the current generation to put the interests of the country first so that you can steer this country in the right direction and inculcate good morals and patriotism to your children,” she said while addressing journalists at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi after the memorial service of the late Jeremiah Kiereini.
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