CS Fred Matiang’i Says Tough Betting Laws Will Not Be Lifted

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said that the tough laws on betting by the government will not be lifted.

He said that Kenyans have complained saying that the government should relax betting laws as this would reignite gambling among the youth. Mr. Matiang’i assured them the government was going to handle the situation.
Matiang’i said on June 3, during a meeting with group leaders from Murang’a County at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) that President Kenyatta had already made it clear that Kenya will not return to being a gambling nation.

“Government doesn’t intend to relax betting laws which saw many companies exit the scene. There are laws to tame the vice and they will be enforced without a doubt.

“The president has been steadfast and expressed himself in public. He has led by example to demonstrate this position against gambling and this should be an assurance that we are not going back,” Dr, Matiang’i added.

In his speech, the CS was asking why investors in betting came all the way from Eastern Europe to Kenya yet they did not start such firms in their own countries.

He said the tough laws imposed on betting will continue to be in force.
About betting licensing, the CS said that no licenses had been issued in the current financial year.

He added that the government will not go against the National Assembly’s decision about betting licensing.

“Licensing will be strict because it is from here that challenges emanated in the past. We respect the National Assembly’s position on the matter also,” said the CS.

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