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Museveni now invites SportPesa bosses for talks

The top management of Africa’s leading gaming firm Sportpesa is headed to Kampala this week, at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.

The Ugandan government is keen to have the Kenyan company open its offices in Kampala, with a delegation sent to Nairobi last week to deliver the message.

President Museveni last week sent a high-powered government delegation led by Youth Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi, that met SportPesa Kenya Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri at their Chancery offices.

The invite comes two months after SportPesa successfully launched their operations in Tanzania, with an icing on the cake when they hosted English Premier League side Everton to play against Kenyan giants Gor Mahia. Sources at the meeting intimated that Kiyingi revealed that she was in Nairobi “with the full blessings of President Museveni who is keen to invite investors in our country.”

She said Ugandan government was willing to make concessions to SportPesa so as to give it entry in their market. SportPesa is currently fighting a new law in Kenya that will see it pay 35 per cent of its revenue as tax, unlike in Uganda where the proposed law has 35 per cent on profits.

Speaking to People Daily yesterday, Karauri said they were excited with the commitment the Ugandan government has shown on their product and most important sports development at the youth level.

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