The High Court has temporarily suspended the directive that banned celebrities from participating in gambling advertisements.
The ban had been put in place by the Betting Control and Licensing Board in a bid to curb addiction on gambling.
But Justice James Makau issued the order after an artiste moved to court claiming that his source of livelihood and that of others like him had been interfered with.
"Pending the hearing and determination of this case, a conservatory order is issued staying the implementation of the decision by the BCLB issued on April 30 touching on advertisement and endorsement of betting, lottery, gaming and prize competitions," said Justice Makau.
The ban, which was to take effect on May 30, had stopped outdoor advertisements of gambling and advertising on social media.
Celebrities had also been barred from endorsing gambling operations.
Broadcast of betting advertisements had been restricted to between 10pm and 6am.
The suit was filed by Mr Kamau Wanjohi who uses the stage name MC Moreydoc. He sued the betting board, its chairman Cyrus Maina and chief executive officer Liti Wambua, and the Attorney-General.
According to the artiste, as someone involved in recording, performing and distribution of music, the said decision was irrational.
He argues that the ban was issued without having public participation and that the use of the word of a celebrity in the directive is vague.
Even though the definition of a celebrity is in dispute, celebrities have been granted a leeway to continue endorsing gambling and betting advertisements.
Read the original article on Nation.
Reprieve for Betting Firms As Court Quashes Ban Restricting Outdoor Advertising
AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.
Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.
AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 600 news and information items daily from over 150 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.