MPs form team to probe gambling

MPs have formed a team of 11 member to constitute a committee team that is expected to investigate the increase in gambling in the country.

The team, which will be co-chaired by Majority Leader Aden Duale and Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo is expected to table a report on its findings and recommendations on how to regulate the gambling industry in 14 days.

Mr Midiwo said regulations for the industry is crucial as the number of betting companies is increasing and gambling can easily be done via mobile phones. In a notice of motion to the House, Mr Midiwo noted that the industry is vulnerable to tax evasion and money laundering.

Other members of the committee are Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga, Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi), Samuel Gichigi (Kipipiri), Benjamin Langat (Ainamoi), Kanini Kega (Kieni).

Gambling has addicted many people in Kenya, especially youths, who are in for quick money. However, this has not been the case to them as the gambling farms pocked millions as the Kenyans lose.

Over the recent days, several cases of suicide and murder have been reported with some people claimed to have gambled their fortune while others attacked for not paying their co-gamblers what they won.

 

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