End of the road for Sportpesa, BetIn, Betway and 27 non-compliant betting firms as Government orders Safaricom to withdrawal Paybill numbers.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - The Government has made good its threat to close 27 non-compliant betting firms in the country after directing all telcos operating in Kenya-Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom, to withdraw the Paybill numbers and SMS codes used by the betting firms.

Among the betting firms affected include industry leaders SportPesa and Betin which control over 85% of the market.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i recently vowed to withdraw the licenses of several betting firms that are not tax compliant.

According to Matiang’i, President Uhuru has given him the greenlight to shake the gambling industry and it seems there is no going back.

“The presidency has given us the green light to deal with the industry of gambling that is now turning into rogue outfits”

“Our decision is going to shake the sector for sure, but we have to save our country” Matiang’i said.

“Our country has to learn how to live truthfully.. Otherwise are we going to tell our children that there’s no reason to work hard because you can just spend Sh20 and become a millionaire??”he added.

The 27 betting firms whose licenses have been suspended are:

SportPesa, Betin, Betway, Betpawa, Premierbet, Lucky 2 U, 1X Bet, Mozzartbet, Dafa bet, World Sport Bet, Atari Gaming, Palmsbet and Betboss, Betyetu, Bungabet, Cysabet, Elitebet, Nestbet, Easybet, Millionaire Sports Bet, Kick Off, Kenya Sports Bet and Eastleighbet.


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