End of the road for SportPesa as Safaricom suspends its Paybill number following government order-MATIANGI is not joking.

Friday, July 12, 2019- Safaricom has officially suspended SportPesa paybill number following a directive from the government.

The government had given gamblers two days to withdraw cash from betting wallets or lose it.

When we attempted to send money through one of their paybill numbers, 955100, the transaction failed with Safaricom stating that the paybill number is unavailable.

 “Failed. Dear Customer, this Paybill is unavailable due to the Government directive to suspend Betting Paybill numbers. Kindly contact your Betting Company.” read a response from Safaricom.

The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) has ordered Safaricom to suspend M-Pesa pay bills and SMS short codes for 27 betting firms including SportPesa and Betin, which control over 85% of the market.

According to the gambling regulator, the 27 firms are yet to meet undisclosed licensing requirements and are being vetted to establish if they are fit to hold gambling permits.

See SportPesa's statement below.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.

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