The never ending controversial topic of sport betting got more prominence this week when giant bookmaker Sportpesa withdrew all sport sponsorship in the country after the coming to effect of the 35% tax on revenue.
Sportpesa has been using about Sh600 million a year to sponsor various clubs among them Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, as well as the Kenyan rugby team. Their sponsorships outside the country, like with English Premier League club Everton will however remain unaffected.
The decision taken by Sportpesa has split Kenyans down the middle, with a good number supporting the move by the government to tax them more, citing the increasing number of Kenyans taking up the vice.
On the other hand, some Kenyans believe that Sportpesa has been very critical in development of sports in the country, and they should be allowed to operate as they have continued to.
As the story made headlines, upcoming comedian General Theodore had an interesting twist. On his Facebook page, he posted a video posing as a Sh10 million betting winner. However unlike the kind of winners seen on TV, he had some hard truth for Kenyans.
In the video, he promises to quit gambling and urges Kenyans to follow suit.