Nairobi City Hall imposes harsher rules and regulations on gambling
Nairobi City Hall has imposed strict regulations on gamblers. These newly-proposed rules include the addition of an entertainment tax on gamblers.
Nairobi City Hall are proving their authority on the Nairobi City County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Bill 2020 with a bunch of brand new regulations that oversees the introduction of new rules focused on licencing. These regulations will directly affect many punters within Nairobi.
One of the new rules proposed by the Nairobi City Hall is a new tax measure for players. This tax is an entertainment tax, chargeable at 20% on gross winnings of all gaming, betting and lotteries. Additionally, the Bill will bring forth fines and penalties which could possibly amount to up to Sh1 million ($9,110), as mentioned in the Bill.
This brand new Bill, which currently lies at the second reading stage of introduction of the County Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Control Board, comes as a result of “the increase in the size of the county population,” according to Mwangi Njahia, the Chairperson of the Culture and Community Service Committee.
The Governor will now have the authority to appoint non-executive chairpersons to work with a director to supervise gaming, betting and lotteries. The director will have the power to “approve or reject any application for licenses, issue licenses, suspend or cancel at the same time.”
Furthermore, the public lottery licence will be set at Sh4 million per lottery, while an amount of Sh600,000 will be charged for owning a betting premise. Casinos will be affected by a fee of Sh100,000 and a renewal fee of Sh10,000. Also, casinos will be charged Sh300,000 and Sh200,000 for annual and transfer fees respectively.