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Storm as Safaricom ordered to suspend SportPesa, Betin pay bills

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Gambling regulator has ordered Safaricom to suspend M-Pesa pay bills and SMS short codes for 27 betting firms including SportPesa and Betin because the operating licence for the year starting July 1 were not renewed.

Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) say the 27 firms are yet to meet undisclosed licensing requirements and are being vetted to establish if they are fit to hold gambling permits.

The order comes weeks after the State said it had refused to renew operating permits for 19 gambling firms and deferred eight others in a shake-up of an industry that generates more than Sh200 billion in annual sales.

Safaricom says the orders, which will affect 12 million betting accounts, has left it at a crossroads because some of the accounts have money and some firms like SportPesa and Betin have secured orders to continue operating.

CLEAN BILL

The board said the renewal of the licences is dependent on operations and directors of the firms getting a clean bill of health in an ongoing security vetting process.

The switch-off will disable the betting firms given that the bulk of gambling takes place online and through phone and services like M-Pesa allow users to place bets, pay off losses and get winnings on their phone

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“Consequently, we request you to suspend pay bills and short codes until otherwise advised,” said the BCLB to Safaricom in a July 10 letter.

Safaricom reckon that it will be in breach of the law to disable operations of firms like SportPesa and Betin given they have court orders allowing them to continue operating.

The High Court suspended the decision by BCLB to withdraw Betin Kenya’s licence.

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Man kills sister after accusing her of fornication

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Police in Uganda have arrested a man who allegedly killed his sister after accusing her of fornicating with an unidentified man in their mother’s house.

According to police, a one Ama, 19, a self-employed resident of Kiina Fishing Village in Kikuube District, died after being assaulted by her elder brother.

The woman was reportedly found having sex with an unidentified man in her mother’s bedroom.

The suspect is a fisherman and a resident of the same area.

He was joined by his friend to assault his sister, according to police.

“One suspect was arrested, the scene has been visited but a postmortem is yet to be carried out,” Mr Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police spokesperson, said.

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This is the new life of former TPF hottie Esther Nabaasa

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Her breakthrough was when she was signed by UG Records and during that time, being signed to a record label was a big plus for an artiste.

Esther Nabaasa had just won the second edition of the Tusker Project Fame (TPF). She was highly believed to be the next big thing after Juliana and Iryn Namubiru.

“I want my music to hit the international scene. I want to be marketable all over the world,” were her words soon after returning from Kenya where she had participated in the competition along with 18 other contestants.

But that did not happen. Nabaasa’s singing career lasted as long as her one-year record deal with Universal Music Group in South Africa.

QUIT MUSIC

There were stories that she had quit music after just a few songs such as Sing From the Nile, Yoga Yoga and Watwala Omutima Gwange.

Word then was that she was going to concentrate on her marriage to producer Michael Fingers. The couple have two children now and Nabaasa never completely quit music.

She settled for songwriting and she wrote some of the songs on Bebe Cool’s Go Mama album that was released in 2014 as well as Juliana’s Bits and Pieces.

Besides that, she also does music for commercials and last we heard is that she hit a jackpot writing one of the songs in Natasha Museveni Karugire’s 27 Gunsmovie.

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‘Drunk’ Catholic priest flees from accident scene after killing pastor, wife

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A Catholic priest, who police say was drunk while driving, escaped from an accident scene after being involved in a head-on-collision that left a pastor and his wife dead.

The pastor, his wife and a third passenger died on the spot in the accident at Maili Saba along the Isiolo-Meru road.

The couple’s son is admitted at Isiolo County Referral Hospital.

The four were heading to Mwingi to attend the burial of a kin when they were hit by an oncoming car driven by the Catholic priest based in Isiolo.

According to Buuri Sub-County Police Commander Joseph Asugo, the Catholic priest was reportedly drunk and was driving on the wrong lane.

The priest fled from the scene soon after the accident.

“Only one occupant of the car heading for the burial survived and is admitted at the hospital in critical condition,” Mr Asugo said.

The Nation has established that the Catholic priest and seminarian escaped with minor injuries and were treated at a local private hospital.

“The priest and seminarian were later rushed to nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries,” a source told the Nation.

The police boss has asked motorists to observe traffic rules to avoid accidents.

“All road users should observe traffic rules so that we don’t lose lives,” he said.

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The bodies of the three have been taken to Isiolo Referral Hospital Mortuary.

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