The Government of Kenya has imposed an additional tax for local importers of gaming slots and betting machines. This measure is aimed at strengthening control the gaming industry in the country.
According to local media, companies engaged in the import of slots, will have to report their operations and seek the approval of the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination. Once the operations receive the approval, they would be able to pay the new tax.
Moreover, Kenya Revenue Authority issued the statement last Sunday that says that the government has stopped the importation of gaming equipment, machines and devices forthwith.
Kenyan authorities began a crackdown on gambling industry last year, when illegal slot and betting machines were impounded by the police. Kisumu District County politicians also demanded in November further measures against unauthorized gaming services.
In Kenya, gambling was legalized in 1969. Almost all types of gambling activities are allowed in the country.