A total of seventeen foreigners involved in illegal gambling business in the country were Tuesday deported in renewed efforts by the government to tame the betting craze.
The deportations came a day after the country’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i directed the Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa to review working permits of foreigners who had applied to conduct other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.
Those sent back to their countries include Chinese, Turkish and Spanish nationals.
Kenya currently has more than 30 licensed betting firms and casinos, although only a couple operating.
On Monday, CS Matiang’i directed PS Kihalangwa to review the working permit of all foreigners who applied to do business in the country.
“We are not using the guise of revenue to allow a broken sector… Over 90 percent of players in gaming are foreigners, they repatriate a huge amount of money to their countries.