President Ruto appoints task force on the establishment of a national lottery

President William Ruto has appointed a presidential task force on the establishment of a national lottery.

In a gazette notice dated 16th February, 2023, the national lottery is part of the government’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda that seeks to ” mobilise resources to supplement the government’s efforts towards addressing various social causes and needs”.

“Now therefore, to harness the collective synergies among the public in being part of the solution through participating in a national lottery whose proceeds will contribute towards good causes and the amelioration of the plight of persons in need, it is notified that His Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto, PhD, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, has appointed a Presidential Taskforce on establishment of a National Lottery which shall be structured in two tiers, namely; the Steering Committee and the Technical Committee,” it read.

The 14-person steering committee will be chaired by Narendra Raval with Gideon Thuranira taking the position of Vice Chairperson.

The technical committee will be chaired by Linda Musumba and will comprise of 13 members.

Its terms of reference will be:

(a) to undertake a comprehensive review of the best practices on the establishment of national lotteries in other jurisdictions;

(b) to develop the policy and implementation plan that will guide the establishment and operationalisation of the National Lottery in Kenya;

(c) to facilitate the necessary consultations with all key stakeholders in the country on the establishment of a National Lottery;

(d) to examine the existing administrative, institutional, policy, and legislative structures and systems in the betting and gaming industry; and to recommend comprehensive reforms that will support and facilitate a sustainable framework for the implementation and operation of the National Lottery;

(e) to develop a prioritised implementation matrix that clearly states the immediate, medium, and long-term sectoral reforms and the attendant budgetary requirements necessary for the efficient operation of the National Lottery;

(f) to cause the review and fast-tracking of the draft Gambling Bill with the requisite legislative framework establishing the National Lottery, for further consideration by Cabinet and onward transmittal to Parliament; and

(g) to consider, perform, or advise on any other matter or subject ancillary to the above.

The National Treasury had in January revealed plans to have proceeds from the national lottery boost current allocations to the sector under the Sports Arts and Social Development Fund. 

The presidential task force will run for a period of three months effective immediately.


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