President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed betting firms complaints after payment systems closure by the state. Uhuru was speaking on Saturday at Kiamugumo Primary School in Kirinyaga County during Kamotho Waiganjo and Kirinyaga Anne Waiguru traditional wedding where he explained why they ought to heed government directive
According to Uhuru, the state needs their taxes for various development projects across the country. In contrary to Sportpesa statement that the decision was abrupt, Uhuru said the court processes disappoint taxpayers.
“The firms should stop threats that they will move to court. The government must get its share to fund activities that are beneficial to this country,” he said as quoted by Daily Nation
The head of state further revealed that they have tracked down some gambling companies who evade taxes. Betting Control and Licensing Board had barred pay bills for 27 betting companies.
“Some firms have been hoarding taxes but we have managed to push them to pay and we will continue doing so. Those in the betting companies are our friends but we have to agree that the government must get its rightful share to build cultural centres and other developments,” he added
Among the affected firms were sportepsa, Betin, Betika and many others