Betting firm Sportpesa which sponsors Kenya 7s and 15s has officially terminated their contract with Kenya Rugby Union, Scrummage understands.
In a letter signed by Sportpesa Chief Executive Ronald Karauri addressed to Kenya Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bukusu, the betting firm cited their failure to reverse the 35% tax law as the reason behind their decision to terminate the contract.
On 28th December, the betting firms lost the case challenging the newly proposed tax laws that are to take effect as from January 2018. Justice John Mativo dismissed their case and the betting firm has opted to withdraw all the sponsorship’s as from 31 December 2017.
The exit of the betting firm will be a big blow for Kenya Rugby Union as they will have to find a new shirt sponsor for the National teams. Kenya 15s who are keen to book a ticket to Japan for the 2019 World Cup. KRU had signed a five year contract worth 607 million in July with the betting firm.