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Sportpesa says withdrawal of paybill numbers will affect the economy

Betting company Sportpesa has finally spoken out about the withdrawal of the paybill numbers by the government terming it as illegal.

According to Sportpesa, the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) is using the law in the wrong way to disrupt their businesses.

The company also said that the projects and firms which are being sponsored by it will be greatly affected by the withdrawal of the pay bills.

“We are supporting social projects involved in water and environment, football, rugby, and boxing, which will have widespread impact,” Sportpesa said in a statement.

Sportpesa also warned BCLB that its actions will cost the country big in terms of economic and social impact.

“Our business has uniquely and consistently boosted sports development in the country and we have not minced our support in community investment,” Sportpesa said.

On Thursday, BCLB ordered Safaricom, Airtel, and Telkom Kenya to withdraw pay bill numbers and SMS codes of 27 betting companies among them SportPesa, Betin and Betway.

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