Betting and gambling to only happen at 8am -5pm under proposed law.
Predicting and related gaming activities will soon be curtailed at 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. if amendments to the bill pass the Nairobi County Assembly.
The Nairobi 2021 County County, Lottery and Gaming Amendment Bill, and Deputy Member Waiti Waithera Chege aims to protect productive humanitarian hours by establishing principles that will make this effort.
“I have been looking at gambling activities in the county for a long time now and I believe that something needs to be done to reduce the hours spent in these centers by our youth if we are to ensure our future as a county,” Waithera said.
The BCA South acknowledged that Nairobi’s national and county governments have tried to regulate the gaming and gaming industry, which is a source of revenue and which has grown rapidly over the past decade.
“These two laws have established betting, lottery and gaming boards that complement each other and are responsible for a wide range of responsibilities which, among other things, include the implementation of national policies, regulations and standards related to betting, lottery and gaming, “he said.
According to a 2017 study by Geopoll, Kenya has the highest number of young people gambling in sub-Saharan Africa, with about 76% of young people participating in gambling.
At least 76 percent of Kenyan youths between the ages of 17 and 35 are involved in some form of gambling.
The results of the study also revealed that young Kenyans place more than a thousand years’ worth in other sub-Saharan countries, spending an average of $ 50 (about $ 5,100) a month on betting based on football.
The deputy whip of the majority said that he was only proposing to amend the law, not to withdraw money.
“More clearly, with the adoption of these amendments proposed by the County Gambling Act of 2021, we seek to further control this sector and not completely eliminate gambling and gambling,” he said.
Although he noted that the gaming industry also plays an important role in generating revenue for both levels of government, the first term MCA Jubilee suggested that no country can grow financially if there is more gaming.
“I would recommend that the county and the National Licensing Board reduce the operating hours of these centers from 8pm to 5am to help maintain productive hours among citizens and avoid wasting time with other youths who are unfortunately now addicted to gambling. and spend a lot of time at these centers, ”Waithera said.
“I think something must be done to reduce the hours spent at these centers by our youth if we are to ensure our future as a county.”