In Kenya, gambling is alive and well amid Covid-19 ravages Peter Theuri, The Standard · October 20, 2021 at 5:14 pm When popular online gaming platform Sportpesa’s licence was revoked in 2019, Samuel Ndirangu thought he had finally found a way out of gambling. “I thought it was the beginning of a saving plan. I even deleted other betting apps that I had downloaded on my phone,” he says. Turns out Ndirangu was wrong. As is common with every other form of addiction, the withdrawal symptoms followed within days. Soon, he was back at it, reinstalling all the betting apps he had deleted. And within a couple of months, his favourite betting platform, Sportpesa, was back in business after a long-drawn court battle amid accusations of failure to meet its tax obligations in Kenya.