Safaricom, Airtel ordered to withdraw paybill numbers of betting firms

The government has ordered Safaricom, Telkom, and Airtel to withdraw paybill numbers of betting companies.

They have also been ordered to stop their SMS code services.

SportPesa, Betin, Betway, Betpawa, Elitebet, PremierBet, Lucky2u, 1xBet, MozzartBet, Dafabet, World Sports Betting, Atari Gaming, Palms Bet and Betboss are some of the affected companies.

The  Betting Control and Licensing Board Acting Director Liti Wambua, said the licenses of the 27 firms remain withdrawn. This he said means that their payment platforms should also be suspended.

Others companies Kick-Off, Atari, Millionaire Sports Bet, Palmsbet, Chezacash, Betyetu, Bungabet, Cysabet, Saharabet, Easibet, Easleighbet, Sportybet and AGB Lottery & Gaming.

The companies allegedly failed to pay taxes amounting to Sh204 billion and only paid Sh4 billion.

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