Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has announced that licences for all betting agencies in Kenya stand suspension  from July 1.

Decrying the spread of the betting craze among the youth, Dr Matiang’i said renewal of the licences will be subject to proof that the firms have been paying their taxes.

The Interior CS said the time has come to clean up the betting sector.

“76 percent of young people are actively involved in betting and 54 percent of those actively involved in betting are low-income earners,” he said.

Mr Matiang’i said the betting sector is set to undergo radical change as his ministry is drafting a gaming bill to introduce stringent regulations, warning if the bill is passed many of the firms will be driven out of business.