The Betting Betting control board will have to exercise defeat for a while as the High Court has temporarily suspended its ban of celebrities from participating in gambling advertisement in efforts to cub gambling addiction.
Justice James Makau on Monday stopped the BCLB from implementing the letter dated April 30 that banned advertising and endorsements of betting, lottery, gaming and prize competitions.
He issued the order after an artist moved to court claiming that his source of livelihood and that of others like him had been interfered with.
“Pending the hearing and determination of this case, a conservatory order is issued staying the implementation of the decision by the BCLB issued on April 30 touching on advertisement and endorsement of betting, lottery, gaming and prize competitions,” said Justice Makau.
The suit was filed by Mr Kamau Wanjohi who uses the stage name MC Moreydoc. He sued the betting board, its chairman Cyrus Maina and Chief executive officer Liti Wambua and the Attorney General.
According to the said artist, as someone involved in recording, performing and distribution of music, the said decision was irrational.
He argues that the ban was issued without having public participation and that the use of the word of a celebrity in the directive is vague.
Matiang’i faulted betting companies for their negative effect on the youth.
He said more than 500,000 Kenyans have been blacklisted by the CRB for defaulting on repaying loans taken out for gambling.