SportPesa, the biggest betting company in East Africa has dismissed claims that it is closing shop due to the recent hitches in their activities orchestrated by tax row with the government.
In a statement sent to newsrooms today evening, the multi-million dollar company has said that it is only a matter of a short time before they resume their operations fully. SportPesa has noted that they are currently engaging the government and various stakeholders and have already ironed out a number of issues that had put them at logger-heads.
The gaming company which also sponsors main sports activities in the country including the National premier league and two prominent teams; Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards had their licence to operated suspended following a claim of tax evasion. SportPesa is among the 27 gaming companies including Betin Kenya which have been denied a chance to continue with their betting operations.
Early in the week, the government issued an order to Safaricom and Airtel to suspend the SMS shortcodes and Pay Bill numbers of the 27 companies. To double up the situation, CBK head also gave an order to banks to freeze all the accounts of the betting firms after the coming to end of a grace period of two days to customers to withdraw the amount they had stuck in their digital wallets.
SportPesa’s latest statement has resuscitated hopes of several gamblers approximately be close to 2 million who still hold that the gaming company should be left to continue operating. If the indicators they have given is anything to go by and the court process takes the shortest possible time, then the provider of the lucrative Mega Jackpot game will be back in business at the start of next week.
The company’s Pay Bill they’ve indicated will still be 955100 and 955700 when Safaricom Limited restores it. They have also indicated that those with funds in their sportpesa accounts are free to continue placing bets and that when they resume operations, everyone will be able to access his or her funds.