Bet­ting will drive Kenyans to poverty if unchecked – MP

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

An MP has warned many Kenyans could be­come poor if reg­u­la­tions to check for­eign bet­ting com­pa­nies are not put in place.

Turkana woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joyce Emanikor on Fri­day said bet­ting firms are fleec­ing peo­ple. “Money de­ducted from our phones when we bet is trans­ferred straight out of the coun­try. Just cal­cu­late the lit­tle money you put in ev­ery time you bet then com­pare it with what you re­ceive. Do we re­ally want to see a so­ci­ety poorer than we al­ready are?” she said.

Emanikor said bet­ting firms could be mak­ing up to Sh9 bil­lion ev­ery month. “This es­ti­ma­tion is on the lower side. The amount could be ten­fold more. Even in the de­vel­oped world, the sec­tor is re­stricted and reg­u­lated,” she said.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly failed to set up a se­lect com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­tiv­i­ties of the bet­ting com­pa­nies.

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