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Wednesday 24 July 2019
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Gov’t orders Safaricom, Airtel to withdraw pay bill numbers of 27 betting firms

The government has now directed mobile money service providers; Safaricom, Airtel and Telcom Kenya to withdraw pay bill numbers and SMS codes of 27 betting companies among them SportPesa, Betin and Betway.

In a letter to the telcos, Betting Control and Licensing Board Acting Director Liti Wambua, said the licenses of the 27 firms remain withdrawn, hence, their payment platforms should also be suspended.

The affected firms are said to have failed to prove that they were tax compliant as required by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB).

This was apparently discovered after a probe by a multi-agency team constituted  to probe the licenses of all betting and gaming companies in the country.




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