A youth’s lobby has petitioned Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery to revoke the licence issued to Jambo Marketing as the main organiser of gaming in the country. Kenya Young Voters Alliance claimed the licensing was marred by irregularities, adding that it was issued “in blatant disregard” of the Procurement and Disposal Act 2005.
The youth claimed that betting stakeholders were not consulted when Jambo was issued with the licence by Kenya Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) in July, last year. “The issue of the licence was made even more suspicious by the fact that Jambo Marketing had been incorporated just four months earlier,and that the majority shareholding in the said firm is by foreigners,” read the petition in part.
A South African company is said to own 40 per cent of Jambo Marketing, while another 40 per cent is owned by a British off-shore company registered in West Indies, with only 20 percent is owned by Kenya’s Kenbell. The youth lobby alleged that Kenball influenced tender award to Jambo Marketing as the former is allegedly owned by current BCLB chairman.
They said there’s a cartel at the betting board where individuals with common business interests are colluding to award themselves the licence. The youth gathered at Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner before delivering copies of petition to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Nkaissery’s offices. They want the tendering and licence issuance done anew. They also want the removal of the betting board director Charles Wambia to allow for thorough investigations into alleged rot in the board