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MPs criticise SportPesa’s move to cancel local sponsorships - 3 Jan 2018 20:56

By: David Mwere

A section of MPs led by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale have criticised the move by SportPesa to cancel all local sports sponsorship over high taxation. SportPesa, Kenya’s leading gaming platform has protested the 35 per cent taxation on all its revenues saying it is too high and a threat to survival of its activities in the country. This was followed by its CEO, Ronald Karauri announcement on Tuesday that all local sports sponsorship has been terminated, a move that would see among others, local football clubs, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards pull out of the continental championships. BLACKMAIL Mr Aden Duale, Senators Irungu Kang'ata (Murang’a) and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), and Kipkelion West MP Hillary Kosgey on Wednesday accused SportPesa of blackmailing the government to evade paying taxes from the billions they collect. “Kenya is among the countries with the lowest gambling tax rates in the world,” Mr Duale ...
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