In Summary
  • Interior CS Fred Matiang’i warned that foreigners involved in illegal betting would be arrested, charged and deported.
  • At the local level, chiefs and their assistants will lead the war against the sale and consumption of illicit alcohol.

  • Betting is a multi-billion industry currently in the centre of a storm over a 35 per cent income tax recently imposed by the government.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i on Friday ordered a fresh crackdown on illegal betting as well as the sale and consumption of illicit alcohol.

He gave the order to county and regional commissioners with instructions to raid premises and confiscate unlicensed gambling machines in areas under their command.

He also warned that foreigners involved in illegal betting would be arrested, charged and deported.

Dr Matiang’i spoke at the Kenya School of Government during a meeting also attended by county Education directors.

At the local level, chiefs and their assistants will lead the war against the sale and consumption of illicit alcohol, in the raft of orders the CS issued just a week after he was confirmed to the Interior docket which he has been overseeing in an acting capacity since the death of his predecessor, Joseph Nkaissery, in July last year.

PROTECT CHILDREN

On gambling, Dr Matiang’i said the government took the decision to protect school children who are the bulk of those targeted by cheap and unregulated betting games.

“We have had instances where students drop out of school due to addictions. Some of these machines are operated by foreigners who are in the country illegally. We will not accept resurgence of illegal gambling machines and illicit brews anywhere in the country. Chiefs and assistance chiefs must take personal responsibility to eradicate these vices,” he said.

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