Kenyan bill aims to ban phones for ‘gambling online’


A bill is currently going through parliament in Kenya that aims to ban use of mobile phones in online gambling.

Reports say if the law is passed, anyone who uses a phone to place a bet will be fined 2m Kenyan shillings ($20,000; £15,000).

This will increase to 50m Kenyan shillings for businesses placing bets using mobile phones.

Gamblers who currently make bets on their mobile phones do not necessarily need a bank account.

The bill aims to curb a business which preys on unemployed youth who spend an average of 5,000 Kenyan shillings on betting each month.

Gambling is a multi-million Dollar, growing business in Kenya.


Sammie Idika