New betting board to establish laws for sector governance

Saturday February 20 2016

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery addresses journalists at Harambee House in Nairobi on November 10, 2015. The CS said on February 19, 2016 that the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) will see ensure proper management of the sector. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery addresses journalists at Harambee House in Nairobi on November 10, 2015. The CS said on February 19, 2016 that the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) will see ensure proper management of the sector. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MARYANNE GICOBI
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Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has instructed the new betting board to hastily finalise the Draft Gaming Bill, which would capture the role of technology in the industry and provide appropriate regulations.

The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) will see ensure proper management of the sector.

“As a regulator, your role calls for integrity and fairness at all times,” he said.

Mr Nkaissery emphasised that the role of the board is oversight and not micro management.

“As board members, you must work within the confines of your responsibilities and not to try to micro-manage the management to the extent that you become a hindrance,” said Mr Nkaissery.

Among other functions, the board issues licences, suspends or cancels them, tax recovery, and authorising public lotteries.

The CS told the nine board members to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the code of governance for State corporations contained in the Mwongozo booklet.

The new chairman is Mr Anthony Kung’u Kimani who replaces Prof Musili Wambua whose term expired on January 8.