After the president of Kenya proposed to ban all the gambling offerings, Kenya's fought sport betting operators face a new danger. Recently Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told a sacrament meeting that
We have gambling in the nation and it's terrible. Totally terrible. I alone can't really change this trend.
Kenyatta then encouraged two legislators in the crowd to go back to the constitution and alter the legislation, promising to approve those modifications if given to him.
Kenyatta has also backed the leading market better SportPesa, who lately scrapped his Kenyan football sponsorships as a cost reduction while suspending local betting.
Kenyatta stated that
There is no reason for some people to profit from sponsoring sportsmen.
On the basis that the Government claims that they jointly owe hundreds of millions of USD in unpacked fees, the SportPesa was among the 27 betting operators whose license was suspended on 1 July, a statement that was heavily contested by the providers. These operators were also interrupted from their digital payment channels and were effectively unable to operate in Kenya. Only one of those licensees suspended, Mozzart Bet, has been returned to its license since the riot erupted.
The government was publicly called last week by a group of Kenyan legislators to stop campaigning against betting industries, claiming that the continuous halt in activities hurt not only Kenyan football but the economy as a whole. Subsequently, these remarks were slammed by county public representatives in Nairobi, who told parliamentarians to stop meddling in county responsibilities and to stick to their national affairs.
In the past, the operators have, it seems, unduly benefited from close links with the members of the Betting Control and Licensing Board, Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'i who led a complaint against betting operators. Local media revealed Matiang'i's a sack of almost half of BCLB's employees in recent years, among whom Liti Wambua, Acting Director, was filled with shoes by Kisii county's deputy commissioner, Peter Mbugi.