New bill seeks to restrict daytime gambling in Kenya

The Nairobi County Assembly is looking at regardless of whether to limit gambling in the course of the daytime in Kenya.

The Nairobi Metropolis County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2021, sponsored by South B MCA Waithera Chege, desires to defend operating human hours by restricting gambling in between 6am and 8pm.

Ms Waithera commented: “I have noticed the functions of betting and gaming establishments in the county for a while now. I feel a little something must be completed to curtail the hours used in these establishments by our youth if we are to secure our long term as a county.

“I shall be proposing that the county and Countrywide Licensing Board limit the operating hrs of these establishments so as to support guard effective hours among the citizenry and stay clear of wastage of time by some of our youth who are regrettably now addicted to gambling and devote a whole lot of time at these institutions.”

The proposal’s purpose is to also regulate cellular betting and to ban advertising and marketing inside of the vicinity of betting and gaming destinations.

Knowledge from a survey designed by US-primarily based exploration enterprise, Geopoll, displays that 76% of youthful Kenyans had engaged in gambling at the very least as soon as as of March 2017. (The survey took into thought younger gamblers from Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.)

The study also indicated that, in contrast to millennials from other sub-Saharan counties, Kenyan young gamblers have placed a lot more bets (most of them on soccer) and shell out an ordinary of $50 regular monthly.

In accordance to the responses of the individuals, promoting experienced an essential contribution to that higher percentage, as the youth began viewing betting as a way of building rapidly cash.