Amidst the ongoing crackdown on betting companies in Kenya, to the relief of gambling operators, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) cleared 10 betting firms on Monday, July 22.
The 10 companies are among those which had their licenses withheld over tax compliance issues after the Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i issued a directive calling for vetting of gambling firms.
The firms who have been cleared by the KRA are Lucky 2u, Eazi Bet, Kick off, Eastleighbet, Palms Bet, Bet boss, Betway, OdiBets, Mozzartbet, and Ken Bookmakers.
Following the new directive, only those companies were allowed to operate in the country which was tax compliant, follow the country’s gambling laws and also prove their financial stability for the past four years.
As the directive called for a fresh vetting, renewal of licenses of 27 companies including SportPesa, Betin, and Betway, which have an 85 percent share of Kenya’s sports betting market were suspended.
The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) also asked the telecom operators in the company to block playbills of gambling operators.
Earlier last week, Airtel Kenya was ordered to shut down betting playbills of online gambling and betting companies who had not got their licenses renewed.