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Youth urged to shun sports betting, gambling

29 August 2016, 08:15 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive officer Ezekiel Mutua has urged youth to shun gambling saying the trend will haunt the society.

Speaking during a youth convention at Tumutumu PCEA Church Nyeri, Mutua cited out sports betting gambling as the most popular amongst the Kenyan youth.

He said the gambling industry was destroying young people, observing that it was creating impression that there are quick ways of making money without working hard.

“We need regulations and close monitoring in betting sector. It is destroying the youth and encouraging laziness. Young people need to be empowered,” said Mutua.

He expressed displeasure that Members of Parliament rejected formation of an 11-member committee to inquire into the multi-billion betting and gambling activities in the country.

“We still have hope that the gambling craze will be tamed even by law makers. We have heard of sad stories including suicidal and domestic brawls emanating from sports betting and gambling.

As a board we propose that gambling should not be advertised because it is giving wrong perspective of life,” Mutua explained.

It is estimated that more than five million Kenyan youth participate in sports betting.

The rejected-proposal by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo was seeking to identify best practices from other jurisdictions on the management of money accrued from betting activities.

The committee would also have investigated claims of tax evasion and money laundering in the sector.

- MyNews24

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