By Claire Wanja
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisserry Friday inaugurated a new board of directors for the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB).
While addressing the newly appointed members of board, Nkaisserry emphasized that the role of board members is oversight and not to micromanage the management team.
“As board members, you must work within the confines of your responsibility and not to try and micromanage the management to the extent that you become a hindrance,” said CS Nkaisserry.
The CS told the new board members to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the code of governance for state corporations contained in the Mwongozo booklet so as to ensure they understand what is expected of them.
He further urged the board move with speed to finalize the draft Gaming Bill, which, he said, should capture the role of technology in the gaming industry and provide appropriate legislation for the same.
Nkaisserry added: “As a regulator your role calls for integrity, fairness and ethical standing at all times. The public expects nothing less from you.”
Betting Control & Licensing Board is a strategic agency under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government charged with the responsibility of regulating the gaming industry in the country.
The new board members are Anthony Kung’u Kimani (chairman), Paul Njaga, Simon Chelugui, Peter Kanaiya, Maryanne Musangi and Victor Sitonei. Other members are Nakhali Waopembe (representing Principal Secretary State Department of Correctional Services), Francisco Nyamatari (representing Inspector General of National Police Service) and Charles Onyango Wambia (the acting Chief Executive Officer of BCLB).
In his remarks, the Principal Secretary for State Department of Correctional Services, Micah Pkopus Powon said the gaming industry in Kenya had come of age and the new board must ensure that all the stakeholders, in particular the Government and the Public benefit from the industry’s operations.
The PS added: “Today we are witnessing a vibrant and a revitalized gaming Industry whereby Sports betting has taken centre stage; this vibrancy should also be felt and seen in the Economic development of this country in form of revenue generation.”
Gaming is a function of both the National and the County Governments