Safaricom, Telkom and Airtel have been directed by the government to withdraw the Paybill numbers and SMS codes used by 27 betting firms whose operations have been suspended.
The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) acting director, Liti Wambua, said the operating licenses of the 27 firms remain suspended, and, therefore, their tools of operation which include Paybill numbers and SMS codes should not be accessible.
Firms whose licences have not been renewed or which have been told to fulfill certain conditions in order to be allowed to operate are: SportPesa, Betin, Betway, Betpawa, Premierbet, Lucky 2 U, 1X Bet, Mozzartbet, Dafa bet, World Sport Bet, Atari Gaming, Palms bet, Betboss, Betyetu, Bungabet, Cysabet, Elitebet, Nestbet, Easybet, Millionaire Sports Bet, Kick Off, Kenya Sports Bet and Eastleighbet.
Some of the Betting companies whose licences have been suspended control at least 85 per cent of the market.
All betting companies were supposed to renew their operating licenses by July 1 in which one key renewal condition is being tax compliant.
Betting companies were also expected to prove that they had been operating within the law and to prove that they are sufficiently liquid.