• Over 500,000 Kenyans have been blacklisted by the CRB for not paying money they use for gambling.
• Almost all revenue goes abroad because the foreigners are paid far higher salaries and allowances than Kenyans.
The government has blamed foreigners running betting companies illegally.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i says more than 500,000 Kenyans have been blacklisted by the CRB for not paying money they use for gambling.
There are numerous reports of foreigners who run illegal gambling dens countrywide.
County and regional commissioners have from time to time been raiding premises across the country and confiscating unlicensed gambling machines.
Government statistics show that the gambling sector employs about 5,000 Kenyans and 100 foreigners.
However, almost all revenue goes abroad because the foreigners are paid far higher salaries and allowances compared to what Kenyans are paid, yet in some cases they do the same job or Kenyans do more work.
Some of those people have managed to get their way into the country by bribing Immigration officials who prepare for the papers.
Matiang'i has previously threatened to deport foreigner plying their trade illegally. yet those involved haven’t stopped their illegal trade and the numbers of foreigners in the country illegally is also increasing.
Its time for the minister to match his words with actions and deal with government officials who are facilitating entry of the foreigners illegally and allowing them to engage in business without proper papers.
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