Sports bettors in Kenya have much to be happy about as SportPesa has announced resuming operations in the country following a 12-month hiatus.
In an official message shared on Twitter less than an hour ago, Sportpesa said that it was delighted to resume operations in Kenya, and thanked fans for their continuous support:
“We are pleased to once again offer gaming services to our customers. Over the coming months, we are excited to explore a wide range of new partnerships in the country. Thank you for your support.”
However, users of Sportpesa cannot be able to deposit or withdraw from the platform despite resumption of operations last Friday.
This is after the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) on Saturday prohibited Milestone Games Limited from using the trade name SportPesa on grounds that the original owner of the name, Pevan East Africa Limited, had filed a case in court over licensing.
“According to information in our possession, the trading name SportPesa belongs to Pevan which has filed a case in court over gaming licence and the matter will be heard on November 16, 2020,” the statement read.
“We apologise to our customers over the disruption with our PayBill numbers affecting deposits and withdrawals,”.
BCLB prohibited Milestone Games Limited from using the domains www.ke.sportpesa.com, www.sportpesa.co.ke, as well as MPesaPay Bill numbers 521521, 9555700 and 955700 until such a time when the Court of Appeal shall decide on the pending matter in court.