SportPesa on Thursday 18th, said they are back in operation in Kenya. This is after the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) on Wednesday 17th, issued them with a betting license for the years 2022-2023.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) revealed that it had cleared 105 betting firms paving the way for the issuance of their operating licenses in the financial year ending June 2023.
The taxman said it cleared the firms between the start of last month and August 5 setting the stage for the renewal of their licenses by BCLB.
Confirming the news, Lola Okulo, Assistant Marketing Manager Public Relations Marketing said that it was true they have been issued the license.
“Yes. I confirm that we are in receipt of licence number 0000448 issued by the BCLB and valid up to June 2023,” she said.
Betting firms have in recent years been caught up in disputes with the taxman, leading to the controversial exit of some of the firms most notably SportPesa and Betin.
The KRA has in the past been embroiled in tax disputes with betting firms, the most notable cases being three years ago.
KRA was pushing for tax arrears estimated at more than Sh90 billion from SportPesa (previous under Pevans East Africa) and Betin prompting a stand-off that led to the closure of businesses by the two firms.