Kenya continues to crack down on gambling activities. Earlier this week, Kenyan authorities confiscated and destroyed 32 betting machines in country’s Kilifi County.
Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) officials conducted an operation led by Director Sabrina Kanini in Mtwapa and Kilifi towns. Following the raids, the officials seized 32 betting machines and destroyed them on the spot.
Kaninin who led the operations said that the move to confiscate betting machines in the country will continue. He said that no one will be spared and that all betting machines should be brought under the government’s control and all unlicensed operators will be taken to court.
Last week, Kenya reinstated the gambling license of Sportpesa and Betway. Earlier, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i had issued a directive which called for vetting of betting companies and gambling establishments in the country.
Following the new directive, the country’s Betting Control and Licensing Board suspended the renewal of operational licenses for 19 betting companies including SportPesa and Betway.
Kenyan authorities are all out against gambling establishments operating in the country. Recently, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said that he supports a blanket ban on all kinds of gambling in Kenya.
The president said that if he is presented with a bill that calls for banning all gambling activities he would readily sign it for good.