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Betting Operators Warn MPs Against Debating Law Capping Betting

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Gaming operators in the country have called on MPs to defer debate on the contentious Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Amendment Bill saying that passage of the proposed law is going to lead to the collapse of the industry.

Association of the Gaming Operators- Kenya (AGOK) Chairman Ronald Karauri said deferment of debate will allow for broad based consultations with relevant stakeholders such as the licensees under the Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act, the Betting Control and Licensing Board, Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee, the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney

The proposed law seeks to impose a ban on advertisement of competitions in which prizes are offered in what will force betters to rely on phone applications and betting firms’ websites on the bets.

If the Bill is approved by Parliament and assented to by the President, then sports betting firms such as Sportpesa, Betin, Betway, M-cheza among others will be barred from splashing advertisements in print and electronic media ahead of key local and international football matches.



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