Just a year after quitting the Kenyan market, giant betting company Sportpesa has announced its return to the country.
Through its Twitter page, SportPesa announced on Friday that
“SportPesa is delighted to resume operations in Kenya. We are pleased to once again offer gaming services to our customers. Over the coming months, we are excited to explore a wider range of new partnerships in the country. Thank you for your support,” read a statement from the company.
On September 30th, 2019, operators of SportPesa, closed down its market and offices in Kenya over what they cited as increased taxes in the country.
Sportpesa, together with another big betting company, Betin Kenya, closed its market and in the process firing all of its employees, citing redundancy as the firm has not been operational since July 2019 after the government declined to renew its licence.
SportPesa is delighted to resume operations in Kenya. Thank you for your support.
— SportPesa Kenya (@SportPesa) October 30, 2020
SportPesa cited hostility from lawmakers as well as the National Treasury as one of the reasons it halted operations in the country and instead shifting its focus to neighbouring Tanzania.