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Boni Khalwale urges President Uhuru Kenyatta to resist blackmail by firms not keen on paying taxes

10 months ago, 3 Jan 12:25

By: Derrick Oluoch

Former Kakamega Senator Hon Boni Khalwale has extended his #Resist crusade over to President Uhuru Kenyatta. He asked the president to resist blackmail from Pevans East Africa owned lottery, Sportpesa.   In a tweet addressed to the president, Khalwale told off betting firm Sportpesa alleging that they rake in billions without selling any goods or services and yet were complaining about paying taxes. “We cannot just turn our country into a national casino!” one of his tweets read. The vocal politician has urged the President to remain firm and not succumb to blackmail from the sports betting company. Khalwale’s sentiments echo the voice of many Kenyans who see a ploy in Sportpesa’s decision terming it a way to seek sympathy from the government. On Tuesday, January 2, Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karuri announced cancellation of sponsorship to all local sports by the betting firm. This was in response to the imposition of a 35% tax on gambling revenues. However, Karuri clarified that the lottery was not closing its operations in Kenya. @UKenyatta must resist the blackmail by @SportPesa! This fellows rake in, in excess of 15 billion per annum, without as little as selling any goods or services. They must pay tax! We cannot just turn our country into a national casino!
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Boni Khalwale urges President Uhuru Kenyatta to resist blackmail by firms not keen on paying taxes

10 months ago, 3 Jan 12:25

By: Derrick Oluoch
Former Kakamega Senator Hon Boni Khalwale has extended his #Resist crusade over to President Uhuru Kenyatta. He asked the president to resist blackmail from Pevans East Africa owned lottery, Sportpesa.   In a tweet addressed to the president, Khalwale told off betting firm Sportpesa alleging that they rake in billions without selling any goods or services and yet were complaining about paying taxes. “We cannot just turn our country into a national casino!” one of his tweets read. The vocal politician has urged the President to remain firm and not succumb to blackmail from the sports betting company. Khalwale’s sentiments echo the voice of many Kenyans who see a ploy in Sportpesa’s decision terming it a way to seek sympathy from the government. On Tuesday, January 2, Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karuri announced cancellation of sponsorship to all local sports by the betting firm. This was in response to the imposition of a 35% tax on gambling revenues. However, Karuri clarified that the lottery was not closing its operations in Kenya. @UKenyatta must resist the blackmail by @SportPesa! This fellows rake in, in excess of 15 billion per annum, without as little as selling any goods or services. They must pay tax! We cannot just turn our country into a national casino!
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