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Kenyan Operators Facing New Restrictions

by Glenn Baird - August 29, 2018

Whilst Kenyan gambling operators can be pleased that they have been granted a tax break they might now have to face advertising restrictions.

News outlet “The Star” stated a few days ago that the current 35% tax on all gambling revenue could be reduced by a whopping 20%, as Kenya’s National Finance and Planning committee had recommended doing so.

It was only at the very start of 2018 that the 35% tax rate was introduced. Since then operators have been appealing to parliament complaining that the tax increase has had a significant impact on profit margins. Some operators, like the Pambazuka National Lottery , went as far as to suspend business in protest to the tax increase.

It has also been reported that there are plans to increase tax on winnings to 20%.

To make matter worse for gambling operators in Kenya, the Kenya Film Classification Board is now looking to ban gambling adverts from 5 in the morning until 10 at night, only leaving the 7 hours available for companies to advertise their brands. These measures are being suggested as a way to protect children, to prevent them from developing the sort of gambling habits that are becoming more common in the country.

The Nairobi News have reported that the KFCB will hit operators with “stern” punishments if they do not adhere to the ban.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


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