The government in Kenya is bent on banning all outdoor and online gambling adverts in the country.
Earlier in May, Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) introduced a series of restrictions on all gambling adverts. Banning all outdoor gambling adverts, Liti Wambua, Director of the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB), had said that all adverts that promote betting or gambling operations including lottery games are not allowed to be advertised beyond the premises from where such operations are taking place.
The ban on gambling adverts also prohibited celebrities from endorsing brands related to gambling and betting.
However, before the new regulations could come into effect, Kenya High Court suspended the ban and ruled that such bans are unconstitutional
Now the government has approached the court, and the Attorney General has filed an application representing the authorities. The application urged the High Court to reinstate the ban on outdoor gambling adverts as imposed by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB).
State counsel Annette Nyakora argued that “The government is fearful that the public and more particularly the youth are likely to be adversely affected by the judgment which lifted the ban. We were not aware of the case and wondered how the judge ended up deciding without hearing us.”