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Why it’s hard to stop betting

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In probability, if you toss a coin, you cannot get a head and a tail at the same time. It is one or the other, a gamble. This is what betting is about — you win or lose, there is no middle ground.

Yet, thousands of young Kenyans are addicted to gambling. A GeoPoll report in 2017 shows that the country has the highest number of gamblers in sub — Saharan Africa, with sports betting the most popular form of gambling. Further, 40 percent of low-income consumers are unemployed and 29 percent are students.

The government’s refusal to renew the licences for some betting companies comes at a time when many individuals are addicted to betting and have turned it into an income-generating activity.

Is it the allure of quick riches?

Abigail Khamati, 32, has been betting for the last four years and the government’s move has left her without a stable source of income. She acknowledges that betting is her biggest hustle and yes, the thought of making instant riches excites her.

“I depend on what I get from betting to meet most of my expenses, say house rent and other personal needs,” she says. “Using the money earned from gambling, I was able to start a side hustle — selling men’s clothes.”

Although she is addicted to betting, she is quick to defend herself as a responsible gambler.

“I am a football fan. My favourite team is Arsenal and I started betting because I realised that I was good at predicting the outcome of football matches. What began as a pastime became a good source of income,” she offers.

“It derives some attributes from business; you have to be resilient and willing to take risks. I spend Sh10,000 to Sh 20,000 every weekend. I decided to bet only on weekends because that is when there are more matches and I can concentrate fully.” she says.

“Should I lose a game, I take a break, say one day, then start betting again. Last year, I lost more than Sh100,000 but also made more than that. At one time, I placed a Sh1,500 bet and won Sh 80,000,” she offers.

While she has lost thousands, of shillings, she is not ready to stop because of the returns, and the fact that it is instant money.

Clare Sunguti, 29, comes from a betting family. Her father and six siblings are also into betting, which she considers too inviting to stop. “I am not a football fan but I was inspired by my brother when he won Sh64,000 in December 2016. At home, we would regularly contribute money and bet. Once we won Sh 110,000 and my brothers encouraged me to start playing solo,” she says.

Advances in technology have made it easier to bet. Those without, say football knowledge, can ask for tips and odds through the various social media platforms.

Sunguti is a marketer by profession and sells cosmetics and groundnuts on the side. Whatever profits she makes, she channels into betting. not borrow or take loans to place bets,” she offers.

Meanwhile, just the mention of betting brings bad memories to Stephen Muriithi, whose name we changed to protect his privacy.

The former bank teller was introduced to betting by a customer in 2016, and it led to his downfall, including his job.

He started by using Sh500 a day before doubling the amount. But even the loss of Sh50,000 did not bring him back to his senses.

“By the time the bank fired me, I had exhausted my savings and was more than Sh300,000 in debt. It took my mother and a few friends to get me out of betting,” he says.

Isaac Maweu, a counselling psychologist, classifies gambling as a process addiction like pornography.

“Most people bet with the expectation of winning big and whenever they lose, the mind is conditioned to think that they might win the following day, so they continue. Before you know it, you are addicted.

The process brings about various effects such as anxiety, depression, criminal activities to support the behaviour, guilt and strained relationships,” he says, adding that it is possible to get out of it through self-regulation and commitment.

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Vera Sidika steals the show with bare bottoms at Tanasha’s baby shower

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Kenyan socialite Vera Sidika stole the show at Diamond Platinumz and Tanasha Donna’s baby shower after showing up skimpily dressed.

The well-endowed socialite was the center of attention at the event, after leaving little to imagination. Vera arrived donning a skimpy outfit of a white bikini combined with a see-me-through fish net and sandals.

Many of the guests at the only invite event appeared distracted every time their eyes caught the glimpse of the Kenyan damsel who was accompanied by her Tanzanian boyfriend Jimmy Chansa.

Video and photos of Sidika’s outfit soon went viral on social media with many castigating her wardrobe choice.

Tanasha Donna

When Vera got a chance to speak at the red carpet, she said she turned up to support her “sister” whom she has known for half a decade now.

FIVE YEARS

“I have known Tnasha for about five  years now and she is my Kenyan sister and when she said you have to come to my shower I said yes. And she being a first time mother I wish her well and I know Diamond and her mother are very supportive,” said Vera.

For years, Vera has maintained cordial relationship with Diamond and hardly misses his events.

Vera once hosted a bikini party organized by Diamond, when the singer was dating Uganda socialite Zari Hassan.

by Nairobi News

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Awkward moment Waititu ‘reports’ his ‘persecutors’ to DP William Ruto

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Beleaguered Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has revealed the people allegedly behind his never-ending troubles, which saw him spend close to a week in remand on corruption charges.

Mr Waititu made the “revelation” on Thursday in the midst of fellow politicians including Deputy President William Ruto, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and majority leader Adan Duale.

Curiously, nominated Member of Parliament Maina Kamanda, who Waititu fingered as one of his persecutors, was also present.

He said that the two people behind his misery were Mr Kamanda and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

“Wale watu wananilemea ni huyu (points at nominated MP Maina Kamanda) na Matiang’i. Lakini mimi ni mtu ya Mungu,” said Mr Waititu.

The DP and some of the other leaders burst into laughter after his remarks.

CO-ACCUSED

The Kiambu Governor was arrested last month alongside his wife, Susan; the two were co-accused on corruption charges by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The two were charged over the irregular procurement of a Sh588 million tender for upgrading of various gravel roads to bitumen standard.

The Director of Public Prosecution, said part of the funds were used by Saika Two Estate Developers Limited to purchase Bieneveu Delta Hotel Limited owned by Waititu and his wife.

The roads project covered Thika, Limuru, Gatundu North, Juja and Ruiru sub-counties, which was allegedly skewed in favour of the winning bidder with the assistance of the county officials.

Mr Waititu was released on a Sh15 million cash bail while his wife was also freed on a cash bail of Sh4 million.

The judge, however, barred the governor from accessing his office until the case is heard and determined.

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Acid survivor gets full sponsorship for surgery in US

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Acid survivor Dan Matakayia can now travel to the United States with his guide after all expenses were taken care of by Face Forward International.

Matakayia had an exclusive interview with Nairobi news on Wednesday where he appealed for financial help from Kenyans to travel to the US with his guide to undergo surgery after he suffered acid burns in 2013.

His expenses have been catered for by Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery where he’s expected to undergo surgeries to open up his nostril.

A hashtag #TembeaNaDan was started on Twitter to help raise Sh600,000 and by day 3, Matakayia had received Sh120,000 and his dream of leaving the country on August 25, 2019 was in the progress of being realized.

GUIDE’S EXPENSES

On Wednesday evening, Matakayia finally received the good news that his and the guide’s expenses would be taken care of by Face Forward International, an organisation that provides emotional support to victims of domestic violence. It is based in California, US.

“God answered my prayers and we are finally leaving for the States as early planned,” he told Nairobi News on phone.

The money he raised through the campaign #TembeaNaDan will now be channeled to his foundation Dan Shieshie Organization that helps victims of domestic violence and campaign against over the counter of corrosive chemicals and acids

Matakayia was attacked with acid by his wife on the morning of September 21st 2013.

The burns he sustained on his face left him visually impaired and with a breathing problem as his nose was blocked.

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