, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on Wednesday directed the Betting and Licensing Control Board to vet casinos operating in Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb to ensure they meet all set standards.
This is after Monday night’s killings of two casino managers by a Tanzanian gambler who lost Sh30,000. The attacker was later lynched by the public.
Though he points out it was an isolated case, Nkaissery says the police are probing the matter in order to establish the security loopholes that could have exposed the casino managers to the violence.
“That was a criminal incident and the police are on it,” he said.
“I have directed the Chairman of the Betting Control and Licensing Board to check whether those casinos are fully licensed. If they are not, they will be closed.”
The gambler who killed the two had sold his two motorcycles and wanted to try his luck at Casino Eastleigh located on 10th street.
The Tanzanian who started off as a cobbler hoped to make more money from the motorcycles proceeds, but he lost terribly.
“He must have been bitter since Johnny never picked a quarrel with anyone,” one of the boda boda riders who had been working with him told Capital FM News.
The gambler was famously known as ‘Nipe Nikupe’ by the residents of Eastleigh, who say he has been there for more than three years.
“He started off as a cobbler… he hoped to get more money and maybe buy more motorcycles,” another pointed out.
Gambling is lately becoming popular in Nairobi, with almost every key street in the Central Business District having a casino.
The business is also going digital.
Some of the big names in the industry are in sports betting including Sportpesa, mCheza and Betway.