Kenya's President Wants Total Gambling Ban

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This week Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta called for a total gambling ban within his country, a stunning challenge within one of Africa's best betting markets.

The plea for a gambling ban came at the Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) Church in Nairobi, in which Kenyatta had called for a constitutional amendment banning gambling as a whole within Kenya. Speaking to those assembled Kenyatta said, "We have this thing called gambling and it's so bad, I alone can't finish it - go change the constitution."

Kenyatta also played to the Bible, looking to call gambling wicked and called on those in the industry to pay their taxes when they're due immediately, even when they're outlawed.

It's not known whether or not the plea for a change in the constitution will be coming, but it could certainly spell doom for a number of betting companies that operate in the region. We'll keep readers updated as we learn more.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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28 August 2019 - 6:16pm

Well, surely the local economic has been benefited from this "so bad" thing called gambling in recent years and when a politic make any statement in general you always have to wonder if that's his/hers own personal and honest opinion or he/she just looking for a dividends or popularity among the electorate.

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29 August 2019 - 4:32am

Maybe the illegal gambling market has become so big that it causes many social issues in Kenya.
They should begin to legalize the gambling market to reduce the black market. I think that simply banning won't work well, if the law enforcement is not systematic and strong.