In Summary
  • The ban had been put in place by the Betting Control and Licensing Board in a bid to curb addiction on gambling.
  • The suit was filed by Mr Kamau Wanjohi who uses the stage name MC Moreydoc.
  • As someone involved in recording, performing and distribution of music, Mr Wanjohi says the decision was irrational.

The High Court has temporarily suspended the directive that banned celebrities from participating in gambling advertisements.

The ban had been put in place by the Betting Control and Licensing Board in a bid to curb addiction on gambling.

But Justice James Makau issued the order after an artiste moved to court claiming that his source of livelihood and that of others like him had been interfered with.

“Pending the hearing and determination of this case, a conservatory order is issued staying the implementation of the decision by the BCLB  issued on April 30 touching on advertisement and endorsement of betting, lottery, gaming and prize competitions,” said Justice Makau.

The ban, which was to take effect on May 30, had stopped outdoor advertisements of gambling and advertising on social media.

Celebrities had also been barred from endorsing gambling operations.