In Kenya the court refused to accept the claim of SportPesa and Bradley Limited Trading, gambling operators, which challenged the government’s initiative to raise the tax on gambling from 7.5% to 50% of profits.

Kenyan Justice Roselyne Aburili explained that she rejected the document “for reasons that the fonts used for typing of documents is too small to be read.” The judge asked the applicants to file a claim in a legible form.

Recall last week, the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich proposed a financial amendment, suggesting an increase in the tax rate for gambling operators from 7.5% to 50% to finance the development of culture and sports.

In September 2016, the Kenyan authorities approved a bill providing for the taxation of gambling operators working in the country. the tax is 12% of revenues for casino operators, 7.5% and 5% — for bookmakers and lottery operators respectively.

In Kenya, the gambling business was legalized in 1969. To date, almost all types of gambling are allowed. The gambling regulator is the Board of Control and Licensing in the country.


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