Sportpesa: Don’t link us to teenage suicides over failed bets

Sportpesa has now dismissed claims that children who are committing suicide after failed bets are among the majority operating in their gambling site.

Former spokesperson of Interior ministry Mwenda Njoka had earlier told CNN that betting was a great challenge for Kenya as most children committed suicide after failed bets.

However, Sportpesa has denied this, and cited data from Google, which shows that the majority of Kenyans betting from their platform are aged between 24-35.

In a newspaper advert on Tuesday, the company also released data that indicate the youngest people on its site are aged between 18-24.

The gamblers between 18-24 are also indicated as those who least visit the site at 4.90%.

The highest visitors of this gambling site are 25-34 years old at 59.74% followed by people within 35-44 at 23.36%.

The government closed the pay bills of a majority of betting companies in the country, including Betin and Sportpesa.

According to the Betting License and Control Board, the closed betting companies have to prove that they are tax compliant before they are allowed to be functional again.

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