Kenya to discuss gambling law

The Parliament will debate a proposed law that is set to control the gambling industry in the country.

Kenya.- The African country is set to debate in Parliament a new bill that contains stricter regulations that aim to control the gambling industry. The Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Amendment Bill wants to lessen the number of facilities in specific locations, among other things.

Local authorities confirmed that the bill also wants to ban gambling ads and set heavier fines to companies that allow minors to bet in their facilities. Furthermore, it determines that all funds that were born from gambling can be deposited in a bank account for easier taxation and to avoid money laundering.

Jakoyo Midiwo, the sponsor of the Bill and member of the Parliament, said that the bill includes a measurement where a family member can apply to the Kenya Betting Control and Licensing Authority to have a someone marked as excluded, so they can’t gamble family resources. Earlier this month, the MP said: “No person shall conduct in Kenya, in or through any newspaper or broadcasting, or in connection with a trade or business or the sale of which any article to the public a competition in which prizes are offered for broadcasts of result either of future event, or of past event the result of which is not yet ascertained or not yet generally known.”