Gamblers have until Friday night to withdraw deposits

By KASS Online Team

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government has given gamblers until Friday night to withdraw all their deposits from betting companies.

The ministry wrote to betting companies asking them to enable customers to make their withdrawals.

“This is to permit you to allow gamers of the subject firms to withdraw any funds they may have deposited in the material period within Forty-Eight (48) hours from the date hereof, and duly notify them of the same,” a letter dated July 11 to Safaricom, signed by Liti Wambua, an acting director at the Interior Ministry states in part.

The government took the step after betting firms failed to observe regulations that were set for them to renew licenses.

“The licenses of operators were not renewed for the period 1st July 2019 to June 30th, 2020,” the letter adds.

The ministry had also written to telecommunication companies, including Safaricom, directing them to suspend their pay-bills and short codes “until otherwise advised.”

27 betting firms are affected including, Pevans E.A Ltd that trades as Sportpesa, Lucky 2 U, Asian Betting and Gaming Ltd, Kick Off Sports Bar Ltd, Mozzarbet Kenya Ltd, Atari Gaming Ltd, Millionnaire Sports Bet Ltd, Premier Betting Ltd, Advanced Innovation Ltd, Sekunde Technologies among others.