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Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has signed a deportation order for 14 foreigners for allegedly being involved in illegal gambling in Kenya, The Star reports.
They are mainly from Eastern Europe and the ministry said on Thursday that they were involved in the gambling business. The government is undertaking a crackdown on illegal gambling activities in the country.
The foreigners were arrested on Wednesday in three different offices in Nairobi in a crackdown by immigration and police. Officials said they were operating illegal gambling services in the city.
Staff at the offices at Chancery, Hurlingham and Westlands that were affected claimed that the foreigners had all necessary documents. The foreigners will be deported Thursday night to their countries.
The majority of those targeted worked for Sportpesa, which is in court to stop the government from halting their operations in the country. They were being detained at various police cells in Nairobi.
Earlier this month, Matiang’i maintained that the government will not relent its stance on non-compliant betting and gaming firms, insisting that it will not allow money launderers and tax evaders to ruin our society.
“We will not go back on the decision that we have made as a government. And Kenyans can rest assured, absolutely on this matter,” Matiangi said.
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