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Uganda government invites SportPesa to invest in country

Sports gaming firm SportPesa are set to make Uganda their latest destination if talks between the Ugandan government and the firm are concluded successfully.

Uganda’s Minister for Youth and Children Affair Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (pictured) has extended an invitation to SportPesa to visit Uganda for talks on how to set up their business in Kampala.

Kiyingi who was in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania, last week to watch Kenyan giants Gor Mahia take on English Premier League (EPL) side Everton in an international friendly match organised by SportPesa, personally extended an invitation to SportPesa to set up camp in Kampala like they have done in Nairobi and Dar es Saalam.

“We are here to start up the dialogue between SportPesa and Uganda football to ensure that we participate in the East African League (The SportPesa Super Cup) in future and also to ensure that SportPesa comes to Uganda to invest in the Uganda league,”she said.

The Ugandan parliament recently passed a bill of 35 per cent tax on the profit and not gross income, that is awaiting consent by President Yoweri Museveni.

This she says is not to raise money for the Uganda government, but to demotivate people from going into irresponsible gambling and gaming. But also noted that it would not affect all players in the industry like in Kenya’s situation, because the firms investing in sports will be exempted.

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