Full statement: SportPesa responds to government sanctions

Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri [Photo: David Gichuru]

SportPesa will challenge new measures by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB).

This is according to a statement by the company that outlined its displeasure with sanctions on its payment systems over noncompliance.

“SportPesa is highly disappointed by the recent BCLB's illegal action to block our shortcodes for deposit and withdrawal despite the High Court order,” read a lead in a statement from SportPesa on Twitter.

Here is the statement in full.

Statement from SportPesa [Photo: @SportPesa]

In a tweet, Betin, another gaming company, also reiterated that it abides by the law and will continue to engage stakeholders.

“Betin has always been a law-abiding company and has conducted its business as per the government and regulatory requirements. Betin will continue to address this matter with industry stakeholders, the regulators and the government.

“Due to the Government directive to suspend all betting paybill numbers, Safaricom has disabled our deposit paybill. You are still able to withdraw your funds.”

Both communications come hours after the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government in a letter to telecommunications companies dated July 11, 2019, gave gamblers 48 hours to withdraw money from their betting wallets.

“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, quoting this letter as authority,” read a section of the letter from Liti Wambua, BCLB acting director.


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