Operators in Kenya against new gaming levy

The operators are against a new law introduced this week.

Kenya.- The Association of Gaming Operators-Kenya asked the local High Court to suspend a law that introduces new levying of betting taxes. They believe that the law is not constitutional, therefore it shouldn’t be implemented until the case is solved.

Under the new law, permit holders would be the ones who collect the new taxes, and they would remit them on the 20th day of every month. The President Uhuru Kenyatta approved the law on September 2016, which also introduces a new levy on betting, gaming, lottery, along with winning taxes on permit holders and licenses.

The organisation commented that according to them, the process of enactment of the new law is unconstitutional since it amended the betting Act as well. According to The Star, the law doesn’t have the possibility to appeal or review the administrative action that amended the betting Act.

Back in December, the Parliament confirmed that they would discuss a new bill that contained 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.