The government has renewed Mozzart Bet's operating licence, in a move that brings hope towards ending the month-long stand-off between betting firms and the Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB).Mozzart Bet is one of the 27 betting companies affected by BCLB's decision to withdraw both the operational licences and Paybill numbers on July 11.The government maintains this decision which has affected hundreds of employees and football competitions in the country was informed when the banned companies defaulted on tax payments.
A letter by KRA to the Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB), seen by the Star had in June indicated that nine of the betting firms in question owed the state Sh43,545,363,681 in withholding tax on winnings.
Although not explaining how he could be sure that 'many' online gaming sites were operating in Kenya without, as he puts it, their knowledge, the Chairman of the Betting Control and Licensing Board
of Kenya, the Honorable Lucas Maitha, said, "As such, we believe that the valuable insights we will certainly gain from the online gaming test case study conducted by Amaya will provide us with the ability to fully evaluate online gaming and therefore properly formulate appropriate rules and regulations."
The Pambazuko Kenya Promotion was canceled on April 30 by the Betting Control and Licensing Board
after hundreds of consumers claimed payments ranging from 100 shillings (US$1.34) to 20,000 shillings (US$268) on bottle caps printed with number 5774.
SportPesa and other 19 betting firms are said to have failed to prove to the Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB) that they were tax compliant.
Mwendwa further called upon the Betting Control and Licensing Board
to reconsider their decision as the Sports Fund's coffers would dry should status quo remain.
The High Court had issued an order barring the betting regulator the Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB) and other agents from stopping the betting firms from operating after June 30."Despite a High Court order against the KRA, various agency notices have been issued by the KRA against the company freezing their bank accounts," Betin Kenya told the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal and Human Rights."The KRA has proceeded to notify the BCLB that the company is non-compliant and should not have its licences renewed.
Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB) said it has differed renewal of licenses for 13 casinos, six lotteries and eight betting firms.
Through Senior Counsel Paul Muite, SportPesa, trading as Pevan East Africa, said Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB), ordered Safaricom and Airtel to suspend their paybills and short codes despite obtaining a court order.
The Betting Control and Licensing Board
under Matiangi's ministry has shutdown pay bill numbers and short codes of 27 firms.
One government agency moved to restrict their advertising and then the Betting Control and Licensing Board
(BCLB) announced that the licenses of twenty-seven companies had been suspended and moved to cut off their messaging and payment systems by writing to telecommunications companies that have been their key access point to their customers.
On Wednesday the Betting Control and Licensing Board
asked the telecom companies to shut down the paybills and short codes of 27 betting companies.