Association of Gaming Operators of Kenya (AGOK) urged the National Assembly to reject the National Gambling Bill, proposed by a member of parliament Jakoyo Midiwo.
Midiwo proposed to strengthen the control of sports betting in Kenya by transferring of 80% betting shops to state betting agency. Also, the draft law suggests reducing the number of betting shops in certain areas.
According to The Star of Kenya, Association of Gaming Operators of Kenya chairman Ronald Karauri said that the poor understanding of the gaming industry has led to stigmatization which had a negative impact on gambling industry.
Kenyan authorities began a crackdown on gambling industry last year, when illegal slot and betting machines were impounded by the police.
Back in December, the Parliament confirmed that they would discuss a new bill that contained stricter regulations that aim to control the gambling industry. The Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Amendment Bill wants to lessen the number of facilities in specific locations, among other things.
In Kenya, gambling was legalized in 1969. Almost all types of gambling activities are allowed in the country.