MP Babu Owino criticises government for cracking whip on legally operating Betting Firms

MP Babu Owino criticises government for cracking whip on legally operating Betting Firms

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In a Saturday, July 13, Instagram post, Babu observed that the government exceeding its mandate, a move seen as being  discriminatory against giant gambling firms such as Betin, Sportpesa and Betway and could not stand the test of judicial scrutiny.

Some of the excerpts from the instagram posts are here.

 

The Cabinet Secretary For Interior Mr. Fred Matiangi earlier this year launched a public campaign against the betting industry. In his well choreographed script designed to turn public sentiment against law abiding, tax paying businesses, he went far as describing the betting industry as evil.
Kenyans were led to believe that this was a moral campaign by Mr. Matiangi but recent events clearly show that this was a personal war targeting certain businesses for his own selfish personal gain.

 

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MATIANGI WAGING A PERSONAL WAR FOR PERSONAL GAIN The Cabinet Secretary For Interior Mr. Fred Matiangi earlier this year launched a public campaign against the betting industry. In his well choreographed script designed to turn public sentiment against law abiding, tax paying businesses, he went far as describing the betting industry as evil. Kenyans were led to believe that this was a moral campaign by Mr. Matiangi but recent events clearly show that this was a personal war targeting certain businesses for his own selfish personal gain. On previous occasions, I have counseled government officials to seek proper constitutional advice from the office of the Attorney General to avoid publicly embarrassing themselves such as is the case here. The CS is relying on the Betting Licensing and Control Act dating back to 1966 before county governments came into existence. This outdated Act has since been overtaken by the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The new Constitution has since granted these powers to county governments and as such the CS is clearly overstepping his mandate in purporting to suspend licenses. Furthermore, this purported suspension only affects the mainstream betting companies which employ thousands of Kenyans while those in which he has an interest remain operational. It is his hope that through such unfair competition practices, he will drive Sportpesa and Betin out of business leaving the industry to recent entrants BetLion where he is represented by his associate Lee Nyachae. I call upon the EACC and the DCI to investigate this clear and blatant abuse of office by CS Matiangi. He escaped responsibility in the Ruaraka Land saga and now thinks that he can do as he pleases. Mr Kinoti and Mr Hajji must know that Kenyans are watching them. Kenyans will judge them not by how they handle the small fish but by how they confront the big fish. CS Matiangi must know that even Principal Cabinet Secretaries are accountable to the law! Comrade Babu Owino, MP, Embakasi East and Champion of the Oppressed.

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