The Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i on Monday said that all the betting firms that exist in Kenya owe the taxman a total of Ksh26 billion in unpaid taxes.
The interior cabinet secretary accused the betting firms of using the court process to frustrate the Kenya Revenue Authoriy and other regulatory agencies.
The government recently ordered that all betting firms apply for operating licences afresh starting July 1, in a move to net firms that have been evading in taxes despite reaping billions of shillings in profits.
“My firm instructions is that anyone who applied for a different permit and ended in gambling business, I am ready to sign their deportation papers today,” said Dr Matiang’i.
He issued the order even as the High Court Monday temporarily suspended another directive that had banned celebrities from participating in gambling advertisement.