Kenya Begins Licence Crackdown

Kenya has declined to renew the gambling licences of 19 betting firms and deferred the renewal of 13 casino, six lottery and eight other betting licences, as the government follows through on its promise to turn the country’s betting licensing and control regime “inside out”.

News of the licence deferrals and failed renewals were made public by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government on July 1, a day after the country's 2018 tax returns filing period officially closed.

Fred Matiang’i, cabinet secretary for the ministry, spoke at a church service in Mekonge SDA in Kitutu Chache North on June 30, where he warned that “we will not renew most licences for betting companies as from next week”.

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