Kenya Rugby Union and Kenya Cup side Kenya Harlequins may lose their multi-million sponsorship from Sportpesa may a finance bill by government go through.
While reading the budget for year 2017/2018 earlier in the year, treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich proposed a 50 percent tax on gaming and lottery firms.
Sportpesa has already written to sporting organizations it sponsors warning that may the proposal be passed into a law, it will have no option but to pull out from all sponsorship partnerships.
Sportpesa has injected up to Ksh605 million into the KRU where they are the title sponsors of Kenya Sevens. They have sponsored Quins where they are the main sponsors.
Both Quins and KRU were represented in Friday’s briefing held by several federations that were asking the government to re-think the proposal to avoid teams losing out.
KRU chairman Richard Omwela revealed that he already has the letter that says,
“Should the proposal to impose a 50% tax on our industry be passed, our revenues shall be drastically affected and we will be compelled to review or terminate our contracts with our partners of which you are one.”
“Our company’s goal was and still is to significantly support sports development in this country. However, this is a painful decision we may have to take solely for reasons beyond our country.”
The finance bill is set for debate in the National Assembly in the coming days.