Unmasking secret lives of billionaires in betting industry

Then Kenya Sevens rugby head coach Innocent Simiyu (left), SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, KRU boss Richard Omwela and Lionesses coach Kevin Wambua display the national team jersey at Norfolk on November 22, 2016.

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What you need to know:

  • Locals in the industry are mostly well-moneyed businessmen who help the foreign investors to get the    right political and business connections.

  • This dance between politics and the betting industry occasionally comes out as it did last weekend when President Uhuru Kenyatta admitted that the government has to get its fair share of taxes even though some of those being punished are his friends.

  • It is such closeness to power by those in the betting industry that makes it difficult to think about what the end game of the government crackdown on the industry would be like.

Kihingo Village in Nairobi’s upmarket Kitisuru estate is a step back to the pristine view that suddenly appears after a lonely drive on Peponi Road where horses occasionally compete for space with vehicles. Its rustic yet modern houses with brown exteriors give the gated estate a modern yet classical look that defines the epitome of luxurious living.


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