The Kenya Revenue Authority has sent a notice to all importers and customs agents that the Government has banned the importation of all gaming equipment, machines and devices forthwith.
Any further importation of such gaming devices must have express clearance from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, the taxman said in a statement.
Interior Ministry officials say this is part of a wider scheme to break the grip of Chinese gambling machines that have popped up in street corners.
For instance, in Eastlands, the machines are found next to shops in residential areas that attract even children as they allow gambling for as little as S0.
According to a survey conducted by Consumer Insight, seven in every 100 primary school pupils have gambled. The machines are usually owned by a ring of Chinese nationals who lease them out and only come to draw the money and pay the owner of the establishment a percentage of the profits.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK