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Betting firm fights back, sues CS Rotich over 50 percent tax


NAIROBI, KENYA: A betting firm has moved to court to challenge the proposal by treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich to increase taxes on the industry to 50 percent.

Bradley Limited, responsible for the Pambazuka National Lottery, moved to court claiming that Rotich overstepped his mandate by seeking raise taxes from the current 7.5 percent bar.

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According to the court papers filed filed by lawyer Muturi Mwangi, the powers to review taxes in the betting industry is only given to the betting control and licensing board and not the treasury.

” The first respondent ( Rotich) acted without jurisdiction and was not authorized to take the administrative decision and the budget proposal in the budget statement with respect to increase taxation rates for the betting, lotteries and gaming industry,” the lawyer said in the case where Attorney General Githu Muigai, betting and licensing control board and interior security CS Joseph Nkaissery are respondents.

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During his budget speech on March 30, Rotich told the law makers that the hiked taxes were as a consideration that the betting world had grown rapidly and at the same time it was hurting the young and vulnerable people since it was not regulated

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The CS said that all the money collected would fund sports, culture and art.

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