SportPesa got the relief from the court and back to its course of returning to Kenya. A local court quashed the effort by the gambling regulator to block its re-entry.
High Court Justice Pauline Nyamweya stroke down the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) decision to relaunch SportPesa in the Kenyan market.
SportPesa shut down its operations in Kenya last year after a longstanding tax dispute with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over alleged tax arrears. However. Last month, the company authorized Milestone Gaming to use the brand of SportPesa along with Pay Bill numbers and shortcodes. Milestone is also licensed by BCLB.
However, BCLB created the roadblock within hours of the new ke.SportPesa.com domain was launched. According to BCLB, it was a legal dispute. However, the new court order has instructed BCLB to lift the ban.
The order has merely given the right to SportPesa the opportunity to challenge the ban decision. Both the parties need to submit the legal brief before the hearing on January 25.
In another ruling, Judge David Majanja lifted an order blocking the access of Pevans East Africa from accessing a frozen bank account. Pevans is the parent company of SportPesa. The judge said that KRA has failed to provide materials supporting the extension of freezing the account on the October 5 application. However, this issue is also far from over.
Previously, the financial watchdog of Kenya has launched a probe against SportPesa for the criminal angle of transferring money from Kenya to international accounts.