Foreign gamblers 'may be deported'

The CS said if it were up to him, gambling would be nonexistent. [File]

More than 100 foreigners holding executive positions in the betting industry now risk deportation if the Government finds out they do not have genuine papers.

The names of the foreigners, spread across 30 local betting and gambling firms, have been submitted to the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.

The list has 109 individuals spread across 28 nationalities.

Italians top the list with 15 foreigners holding high ranking positions in betting firms, followed by Chinese (13), Bulgarians (12), and Serbia, South Korea, Czech each with six citizens.

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Other nationalities include Swiss, Moldovan, South Africans, Filipino, Nepalese, Macedonian, Ugandan, Hungarian, Indian, Sri-Lankan, Ukrainian, Swedish, Russian, Danish, French, Turkish, Romanian, Tanzanian, British and Americans.

On Monday, the Interior CS issued a deportation order for foreigners in the gambling business yet their documents show they came to the country for different engagement.

The CS said if it were up to him, gambling would be nonexistent.

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“For anyone who is not in the country genuinely or who applied for something else and ended up in the gambling business, I am ready to sign the deportation letters,” said the CS.

Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa has been asked to sift out the individuals.

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'iGordon Kihalangwa