Matiang’i sends 17 foreigners packing after deportation threats

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has made good his threat to foreigners who have invested in betting.

The stern CS on Monday vowed to send packing all foreigners who came into the country for other businesses but ended up investing in betting practices.

Just a day after, the CS is said to have deported 17 foreigners.

Those sent back to their countries include Chinese, Turkish and Spanish nationals.

The CS directed the Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa to review working permits of foreigners who had applied to conduct other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.

“We are not using the guise of revenue to allow a broken sector… Over 90 percent of players in gaming are foreigners, they repatriate a huge amount of money to their countries,” said the CS who has evidently shown a distaste for the betting business.

He earlier ordered the destruction of gambling machines seized from entertainment joints across all the 14 sub-counties in Nairobi.

He warned Government officers involved in illegal gambling to stop or face arrest.

“All those who are involved, be it a chief or an assistant chief, should be fired, arrested and charged,” said Dr Matiang’i.

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