Matiang'i: Betting firms to be vetted afresh

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has said the government will not renew licences for some betting firms.

Speaking during a fundraiser at Mekonge SDA Church in Kitutu Chache North, Matiang'i said betting has led to many people failing to concentrate in nation building activities.

“No nation has ever developed because its people concentrated on gambling. This one must be discouraged at all costs," he said.

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The CS said the government is committed to ensure the Sh450 billion set aside for development this financial year is spent prudently.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae led leaders in rallying behind the CS, saying he has shown he is capable of streamlining national government.

“Matiang'i has done a wonderful job in all ministries he has served in. The leaders of Kisii and Nyamira are ready to support him," Ongwae said.

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National Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Jimmy Angwenyi warned Gusii legislators fighting Matiang'i not to step in his constituency.

The Kitutu Chache North MP said Matiang'i might be the surprise candidate that Uhuru will support in 2022 and that it would be unwise for some elected leaders from the Gusii to fight him.

Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka said the Gusii Community does not have a problem with any leader, but it will want to be included in sharing the national cake.

“The Gusii Community is number two in terms of economic prosperity in the country, we cannot be 17 when it comes to political considerations,” he said.

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'iKisii Governor James OngwaePresident Uhuru KenyattaRichard Onyonka