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The Kenyan government has tabled a new proposal to scrap the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). This comes after the Presidential Taskforce proposed the Establishment of a National Lottery.
A more powerful Gambling Regulatory is expected to take over the duties of BCLB and replace the Betting Lotteries and Gaming Act of 1996. The proposal to do away with the BCLB is in the draft National Gambling Policy, National Gambling Control Bill, and the National Lottery Bill. These bills will be published before public participation, scheduled in April.
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The new law prioritizes the safety of minors and other clauses to tame online gambling in the country.
The Vice-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce, Gideon Thuranira, said:
“The sector has for decades been frowned upon as a space that encourages certain immoralities and is tainted with ethical and moral concerns. The proposed policy and legal framework is intended to address the existing gap by establishing a coherent and forward-looking view of the gambling sector as a force for social progress.”
Source: Business Daily
More About Betting Control & Licensing Board – BCLB
The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) operates under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. The board issues licenses, regulates, advises, and guides individuals and businesses iGaming businesses in Kenya.
Other duties of the BCLB are:
- To supervise and inspect betting & gaming activities
- To oversee Public Lottery and Prize Competition Draws.
- To conduct spot checks on betting, Lotteries, and Gaming Operations in the country.
- To authorize amusement and pool tables.
Note that BCLB advocates for safe and responsible gambling to persons of 18 years and above. You find out more about Responsible Gambling in our previous post.