Nairobi County legislators considering gambling curfew measure
Legislators for Kenya’s most populated jurisdiction are reportedly thinking about a measure that would prohibit punters from being capable to gamble between the hours of 5 o’clock in the morning and 8 o’clock in the evening.
According to a Monday report from The Star newspaper, the proposition before the Nairobi County Assembly is the brainchild of regional representative Waithera Chege and would also ban the placement of physical advertisements for betting and gaming near wagering establishments.
The newspaper reported that Chege’s proposal, which is recognized as the Nairobi City County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2021, would moreover forbid these in Nairobi County, which is coterminous with the nation’s biggest city, Nairobi, from utilizing their mobile devices to gamble and endeavor to minimize the time local punters spend inside wagering establishments by obliging such venues to start accepting cashless transactions.
A initial-term representative with the conservative Jubilee political party, Chege serves as the Deputy Majority Whip for the Nairobi County Assembly and reportedly stated that her measure would look to amend the Nairobi City County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act 2021 so as ‘to further regulate this sector and not to entirely do away with betting and gaming’. She purportedly in addition admitted to being dismayed at Kenya getting the highest estimated rate of youth gambling in sub-Saharan Africa at 76% but did acknowledge that the gaming and betting industry ‘plays a essential role in contribution of revenues for each levels of government.’
Chege reportedly told the newspaper…
“I have observed the operation of betting and gaming establishments in the county for a although now and I think anything need to be accomplished to curtail the hours spent in these establishments by our youth if we are to secure our future as a county. I shall be proposing that the county and national licensing board limit the operating hours of these establishments from 8pm to 5am so as to help preserve productive hours among the citizenry and steer clear of wastage of time by some youths who are, sadly, now addicted to gambling and spend a lot of time in these establishments.”
The Common newspaper used a subsequent report to cite a Geopoll survey in asserting that young adults in Kenya gamble much more than their compatriots in Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana or South Africa and invest an typical of $50 each month on a range of wagers with football-related bets getting the most well-known. This review purportedly questioned 3,879 individuals spread across the six nations aged 17 to 35 and asserted that neighborhood punters were frequently swayed by stories of jackpot successes and have begun to view gambling as an effortless way of making funds.