Lenga usaliti yao! Khalwale urges Uhuru to ignore betting companies blackmail!

Boni Khalwale has been agreeing more and more with what the Jubilee government has been doing, if you take his recent comments. One even wonders if they are living in a parallel universe? How can the former Kakamega senator be so enthusiastic about the new government’s measures, when he nary agreed with them when he was still a legislator. Wonders never cease is all we can say.

Boni Khalwale
Boni Khalwale. photo credit: the star

But this story is not about the man’s allegiances but what he is co-signing to. The government instituted a 35% tax on betting companies, that the companies say would make both sponsoring sports teams and making a profit difficult. So in a quick rejoinder to the courts upholding the government’s decree, the betting firm, Sportpesa immediately cancelled all sponsorship deals with teams within the country.

SportPesa Logo
SportPesa Logo. photo credit:bettingsites

The Bulgarian-owned company has, however, issued a notice to appeal against the High Court’s judgment, saying that the increased tax rate is in breach of Article 201 of the Constitution which demands the public finance system promotes an equitable society where the tax burden shall be shared fairly.

Boni Khalwale
Boni Khalwale. photo credit: nairobiwire

But the bullfighter as he is affectionately referred to by some has come out to defend the government’s actions. He said what Sportpesa was doing was tantamount to blackmail and that Uhuru Kenyatta should not be taken hostage. He made his point in a couple of tweets. He wrote:

He reaffirmed his position later in another tweet writing:

Whatever your opinion on betting and betting companies, this is a delicate matter that should be dealt with sensitively. I believe that there is a middle ground that can be reached if a compromise was to be had.

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Boni Khalwale gives hilarious story of how female politicians smoked shisha in hotel rooms!

Shisha has been a topic of discussion the last couple of days. The reason for its popularity or infamy depending on who you ask is that the ministry of health banned its use. It joins the ranks of marijuana which is illegal in this country, but according to sources is still widely available for consumption.

The common joke about shisha is that it is used by slay queens when they are in the club waiting for a “prospect”. They normally wait for a “client” while puffing furiously on the tobacco fumes. According to scientific reports, one shisha bong is said to contain enough tobacco that can fill upwards of 100 cigarettes. So you can understand why the government wants its banning, even if it affects some slay queens.

Huddah-smoking- Shisha. photo credit: file

While shisha sellers went to court to protest against the ban, others are in a celebratory mood. Take for instance one Boni KhalwaleA fierce government critic in recent times, Khalwale, who also is a medical practitioner, incidentally also took time to laud the government for arriving at this decision.

Boni Khalwale
Boni Khalwale. photo credit: kenyans.co.ke

He did so by speaking about female legislators whom, he claims have taken to consuming shisha in the comfort of their five-star hotel rooms. Ati what! The veteran politician, made the claim while reacting to the government s move to outlaw the consumption of the highly toxic tobacco substance on Thursday. Khalwale, however, stopped short of naming the lawmakers in question.

The former Ikolomani MP and Kakamega Senator made the revelation on his official Twitter page, describing the development as good riddance. He wrote:

That, however, was until Thursday, when Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu made it clear that the substance, which is commonly consumed using a hooker pipe, is now banned. The gazette notice read in part:

“No person shall import, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, use, advertise, promote, facilitate or encourage shisha smoking in Kenya.”

So clearly the ban will not only affect slay queens but also political queens.

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