The Star (Nairobi)

24 March 2014

Kenya: Casinos in Nairobi to Pay 12 Percent Tax to the County

Members of the county assembly applaud after president Uhuru Kenyatta said that the Government is looking into granting the members with cars on Friday in Mombasa.Photo/Elkana Jacob

ALL Casinos in Nairobi county will be required to pay 12.5 percent of their monthly earnings to the county government once the Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Bill is passed into law. Currently, the casinos pay the money to the national government.

MCAs who requested anonymity said the bill seeks to boost the county government's revenue collection. The bill will be tabled in the county assembly this week for the second reading when the MCAs resume tomorrow from a one week retreat.

The MCAs had retreated to Mombasa for a week to discuss the Nairobi County Ward Development Fund Bill which was signed into law in February.

During the retreat, they discussed what are the possible avenues to explore to ensure that each ward is given 2 million shillings for development after the Constitution Implementation Commission and Controller of budget said that the bill was unconstitutional in its current form and that they cannot be given money.

The Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Bill also provides for the establishment of the County Betting Licensing and Control Board to be chaired by a citizen resident in the county and who shall be appointed by the Governor.

"There would be need for collaboration between the two governments on this issue especially on enforcement," the the Bill reads.

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