Foreigners Running Illegal Businesses in Kenya Face Deportation
Foreigners engaging in illegal businesses in the country are set to be deported. This comes after the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i requested for a crackdown of foreigners working in the country.
Speaking after a Betting Control and Licensing stakeholders meeting, the CS said that several foreigners have been managing their businesses in the country without the government permits.
The CS said that he has asked the Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa to review all the applications of foreigners seeking to do business in the country so to ensure they have legal documents.
“My firm instructions are that anyone who applied for a different permit and ended in the gambling business, I am ready to sign their deportation papers today. We have to clean up the sector,” declares Matiang’i.
“We are not using the guise of revenue to allow a broken sector… Over 90% of players in gaming are foreigners, they repatriate a huge amount of money to their countries.”
He further said that the gaming sector owes the government Sh26 billion of unpaid taxes citing that the foreigners running the businesses do evade taxes despite the profits.
“We are here to listen to each other but not to condemn each other, we respect your investment but understand that we have a country to protect and not when asked to pay taxes you rush to the court,” he notes.
“Advise your employees who are from outside and have permits to do serious businesses, let us respect our country. Where proposals are brought to us in the right way, we shall accommodate them.”
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