Airtel Kenya has been ordered to shut down betting playbills of online gambling and betting companies who have not got their licenses renewed.
The order from Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) comes a week after the gambling regulator issued similar directives to the country’s biggest gambling operator Safaricom and banks.
Airtel so far had been operating playbill numbers of betting firms.
A letter dated July 15 addressed to Airtel Money Director Vincent Wakaba reads: “We wish to inform you that the licenses for the following companies were not renewed, until they meet the outstanding renewal requirements as well as outcome of ongoing due diligence to determine if they are fit and proper to hold a license from this board.” BCLB acting managing director has issued the letter Liti Wambua said.
“Consequently, we request you to suspend their playbills and shortcodes until otherwise advised,” BCLB said.
“Meanwhile, allow your customers who may be affected to withdraw their deposits before Friday, July 19, 2019, and as a matter of good faith, we will appreciate if you share with this office the number of people who will have withdrawn their money and the total amount thereof,” Mr. Wambua said.
The gamblers had until Friday to withdraw their funds after a directive was issued on Thursday asking all telecommunication companies to stop all mobile and online payments related to gambling.