A few hours after giant betting company SportPesa resumed its operations in the contry, Kenyans have been unable to deposit or withdraw their money .
SportPesa in a statement stated that it was in consultation with the Government to restore services as soon as possible.
“We apologise to our customers over the disruption with our PayBill numbers affecting deposits and withdrawals.
“We are giving the issue our maximum attention. The hitch arises from the provider’s side who we are in consultation with, in a bid to restore services.
“Our team assures you the safety of your money,” the giant sports betting firm said on Saturday night.
The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) earlier on Saturday prohibited Milestone Games Limited from using the trade-name SportPesa.
In a statement BCLB chairperson Cyrus Maina said the board had blocked Milestone Games Limited from using the tradename Sportpesa on grounds that the original owner of the name, Pevan East Africa Limited, had filed a case in court over licensing hence no firm can use the name until the matter before court is dispensed with.
“According to information in our possession, the trading name SportPesa belongs to Pevan which has filed a case in court over gaming licence and the matter will be heard on November 16, 2020,” read the statement in parts.
Bearing in mind that the case is yet to be heard and determined, the board directed Milestone Games Limited to desist from using the name SportPesauntil the case is heard and instead use its name Milestone Bet.
“You are authorised to continue trading as Milestone Bet, through the domains www.milestonebet.co.ke, www.milestone—games.co.ke, and www.milestonegames.com,” he said.
The board also prohibited Milestone Games Limited from using the domains www.ke.sportpesa.com, www.sportpesa.co.ke, shortcodes 29050 and 79079, Pay Bill numbers 521521, 9555700 and 955700 until such a time when the Court of Appeal shall decide on the pending matter in court.
SportPesa and Betin closed down last year citing heavy taxation and frustrations from the Government.