Legislators for Kenya’s most populated jurisdiction are reportedly contemplating a measure that would prohibit punters from staying capable to gamble in between the hours of 5 o’clock in the morning and 8 o’clock in the evening.
According to a Monday report from The Star newspaper, the proposition prior to the Nairobi County Assembly is the brainchild of nearby agent Waithera Chege and would also ban the placement of actual physical advertisements for betting and gaming in close proximity to wagering establishments.
The newspaper reported that Chege’s proposal, which is known as the Nairobi Town County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2021, would in addition forbid these in Nairobi County, which is coterminous with the nation’s premier town, Nairobi, from making use of their cell units to gamble and endeavor to lower the time nearby punters expend within just wagering institutions by obliging this sort of venues to start out accepting cashless transactions.
A 1st-expression agent with the conservative Jubilee political party, Chege serves as the Deputy Bulk Whip for the Nairobi County Assembly and reportedly mentioned that her measure would glimpse to amend the Nairobi Metropolis County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act 2021 so as ‘to even more control this sector and not to totally do away with betting and gaming’. She purportedly moreover admitted to getting dismayed at Kenya getting the optimum estimated price of youth gambling in sub-Saharan Africa at 76% but did accept that the gaming and betting field ‘plays a important role in contribution of revenues for both equally ranges of authorities.’
Chege reportedly advised the newspaper…
“I have noticed the operation of betting and gaming institutions in the county for a even though now and I feel something need to be done to curtail the hours spent in these institutions by our youth if we are to protected our long term as a county. I shall be proposing that the county and national licensing board limit the functioning hrs of these establishments from 8pm to 5am so as to enable keep successful hrs among the citizenry and avoid wastage of time by some youths who are, regrettably, now addicted to gambling and expend a good deal of time in these institutions.”
The Regular newspaper applied a subsequent report to cite a Geopoll study in asserting that younger older people in Kenya gamble far more than their compatriots in Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana or South Africa and spend an normal of $50 every month on a assortment of wagers with football-similar bets currently being the most well-liked. This evaluate purportedly questioned 3,879 individuals spread across the six nations aged 17 to 35 and asserted that area punters ended up often swayed by stories of jackpot successes and have started to watch gambling as an uncomplicated way of creating dollars.