500,000 Kenyan Youths in Debt Due to Gambling

By Joseph Muraya

Some 500,000 Kenyan youths have been blacklisted by various lending firms after they borrowed money, a majority with the aim of engaging in betting but defaulted.

This was revealed in a highly charged meeting between gambling and betting stakeholders and interior cabinet Secretary who released shocking statistics, revealing that 76 per cent of Kenyans aged below 35 years are in some form of betting.

The statistics have put Kenya on top of all African countries in the category of young people engaged in gaming and betting.

“The betting, licensing and control regime in our country must change,” the CS asserted. “We are going to turn it inside out.”

Ironically, the CS pointed out, majority of those involved in betting are from poor backgrounds.

Of the 76 per cent, the CS said more than 50 per cent are from poor backgrounds.

“What are we raising our children to become?” he rhetorically posed.

“Are we telling them to just do nothing with their lives, go around betting and become millionaires?”

It is with this reality that the government has formed a bill proposing radical changes in the sector that has been accused of promoting money laundering, evading tax while engaging in shadowy corporate social responsibilities projects meant to hoodwink authorities.

Among the expected changes is a review of the advertising regime.

“We are prepared to face whatever consequences there may be to ensure this sector is regulated effectively,” he said.

He noted that some of the suicide cases recorded in the country have been linked to gambling.

Mid last year, the CS led a countrywide operation that saw thousands of gambling machines destroyed, an exercise that was challenged in court.

Source Capital News

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Kenya: Ruto not isolated by Uhuru – Mombasa youth


By John Karisa


In Summary

  • Uhuru appointed Interior CS Fred Matiang’i the overall supervisor of government projects.
  • Matiang’i will be reporting directly to Uhuru under the new structure.
  • Pundits say the new roles given to Matiang’i points to a scheme to edge DP Ruto out of centre of power.

The appointment of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I to the post of chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication should not be seen as a political ploy by President Kenyatta to clip his deputy William Ruto, a Mombasa youth group has said.

The youth claim Uhuru was right to appoint Matiang’i since the CS has a good performance track record.

“The nation is embracing the handshake and therefore those who have political ambitions should wait until 2022.

“Matiangi’s appointment should not be seen as political move to block Ruto. It is time to deliver for electorates and not politics,” said Moses Aran, Mombasa county youth leader.

Their sentiments come in the wake of heated debate that Uhuru had eclipsed Ruto from the seat of power and isolated him.

While addressing the media at Uhuru Gardens, the youths threw their weight behind Matiang’i claiming he has the potential to deliver in his new appointment.

“We all believe in our president so whatever he did we support him fully. We applaud the president for his new move because Matiang’i has proven that he is able to deliver. Let’s work together regardless of our political affiliations,” added Miraj Abdalla, women youth rep in Mombasa.

Matiang’i will now be chairing meetings that bring together all Cabinet secretaries, the Attorney-General and the Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua.

The president’s move, however, drew mixed reactions from a cross section of leaders with some of DP allies saying it could be a move to undermine him.

The president delegated the powers to Matiang’i in an Executive Order that for the first time hands a CS an expansive responsibility to chair and coordinate government development programmes and projects.

The youth from different political affiliations unanimously vowed to work together as they called on leaders within Mombasa county to embrace the handshake deal for the common good of the county regardless of the political affiliations.

“Divisive politics is shunning our youth behind and that is what we should codemn, as youth we should be united to ensure that we take up leadership of the country,” added Abubakar Swabir.


Source Tuko