Human rights activist Okiya Omtatah wants interior CS Fred Matiang’i and 21 other state officials to be held personally liable for countrywide confiscation and burning of betting machines. Omtata says that the actions by the Matiangi, PS Karanja Kibicho and the Country commissioners are in defiance for court orders and they should be held liable for the ongoing crackdown on betting machines.
“The ongoing crackdown is discriminatory and unconstitutional and therefore null and void,” the petition reads. He argues that the decision to destroy and burn the machines is discriminating against local investors in gaming at the grassroots and their actions favour multinational gaming companies. “Article 40 of the Constitution is violated to the extent that the respondents are confiscating and destroying private property which is protected by the law,’ Omtatah says.
He further says that since the government started the crackdown on gaming slot machines across the country in the year 2016, the High Court has issued several conservatory orders suspending the exercise. Omtatah claims that the orders were extracted and served to the respondents, however, Matiang'i and the others have continuously and deliberately continued confiscating machines.
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