Kenya’s Sports, Culture and Tourism Committee chairman Victor Munyaka, has said that the 1960 gambling act is obsolete and that the government needs to come up with new gambling laws which would regulate all kinds of gambling operations in the country.
Kenya is already in the process of replacing the 1960 act and it is all set to introduce another Act of Parliament in that regards.
“Right now, we are working on this Bill to maximize capital offense and give the money to the public for sports development. We want the government to collect much-needed tax to develop sports infrastructure and promote sports in the country,” said Munyaka.
The current regulations have provisions to fine Sh3,000 or one-month imprisonment for any violation of the gambling laws. Munyaka says that it is not deterring and almost irrelevant for gambling operators raking in billions.
Talking about the new bill he confirmed that overseas gambling operators planning to offer products in the regulated Kenyan gambling market will have to partner with a local entity.
“Online gaming doesn’t show how much money has been earned hence evading tax. At the same time we want to protect their clients,” he said.
Moreover, according to the new bill, the winners would not be allowed to advertise their winnings as it would incentivize and lure others into gambling.
“Our intention is to create a good platform for Kenyan to enjoy business. We want to raise fees, establish enough capital, retain money in our markets among others,” added Munyaka.