Betting companies in Kenya are having a hard time getting their licenses renewed. This is because of a drawn-out dispute with the Kenyan Government on the revision of taxes due and owed.
In his recent 2019 budget speech, Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich proposed a 10% excise duty on betting for every amount staked in a bid to curb the negative impacts of gambling in society.
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The Government zeroed in on the industry with reports that most firms were failing to prove that they were tax compliant as required by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). In a letter dated July 11, 2019, Liti Wambua board’s acting director told betting firms;
This is to permit you to allow gamers of the subject firms to withdraw any funds they may have deposited in the material period within forty-eight hours from the date hereof and duly notify them of the same, quoting this letter as authority.
The firms affected by this directive have had their licenses suspended and as such have to comply. Those firms are;
1. SportPesa 2. Betin 3. Betway 4. Betpawa 5. Elitebet 6 PremierBet 7. Lucky2u 8. 1xBet 9. MozzartBet 10. Dafabet 11. World Sports Betting 12. Atari Gaming 13. Palms Bet 14. Betboss 15. Kick-Off 16. Millionaire Sports Bet 17 Cheza Cash 18 Betyetu 19. Bungabet 20. Cysabet 21. Saharabet 22. Easibet 23.Easleighbet 24. Sportybet 25. AGB lottery and gaming 26. Atari 27. Kickoff
There are however a number of firms that have been found to be compliant. They are;