Two of the top betting operators in Kenya, SportPesa, and Betin have decided to withdraw and cease operations in the country.
The two companies had been facing difficult times with the revised policies on gambling. Earlier this year, SportPesa also had its license suspended. However, the license of two gambling operators SportPesa and Betway were restored.
However, despite the license reinstated, SportPesa has announced that they are withdrawing from the Kenyan market citing government’s anti-gambling and betting policies. While the gambling operator has not given an explicit reason to withdraw it said that it would begin laying off workers soon.
Betin Kenya is another operator leaving Kenya. The betting operator is already started dismissing employees. The gambling operator has not been operating since July.
Earlier in July, Kenya did not renew the sports betting licenses of top online gambling operators including SportPesa, Betin, and Betway.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i 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. These gambling companies have to get clearance after the security vetting of their premises and other aspects of their operation.
Kenyan government thas been harsh against betting operators. Recently, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that he favors a complete ban on gambling in the country.