FUMING PARENTS SUE BETTING COMPANIES FOR USING THEIR CHILDREN IMAGES ON BILLBOARDS.

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Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui for two patent’s who has sued Green Sports Africa Limited and Mcheza Limited for unlawfully and without the consent of the minors’ parents.
BY SAM ALFAN.

Fuming Parents have sued two betting companies for using their children as the image of betting in the country.

The parents say that it is either the billboards are pulled down or destroyed immediately.

Our children’s images are used to promote gambling in the country, this is unacceptable, they say.

This is a clear indication of the exploitative nature of the gambling industry.

According to the parents, Green Sports Africa Limited and Mcheza Limited unlawfully and without the consent of the minors’ parents, put up advertisement by way of a billboard next to Unga house, located along Woodvale Avenue at Westlands bearing the images of their children.

After making frantic efforts for the billboard to be pulled down, all pleas were rebuffed by the two companies.

This comes in the wake of a motion brought about by the minority leader in the National Assembly pursuing a law to regulate gambling industry in Kenya. The motion was however defeated and as such withdrawn until any other time.

The parents of the minors say that Green Sports Africa offered to pay 10,000 shillings to the minors which according to the parents demonstrate the exploitative nature of the said advertisement.

Through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, the court heard that the two betting companies are violating section 28 of the betting, Lotteries and the Gaming Act, Cap 131 and the principle of the rule of Law under Article 10(2) of the constitution.

The parents one of whom is the CEO of Home Africa Limited want the court to issue an order directing the immediate removal and destruction of the billboard along Woodvale Avenue bearing the minor’s images promoting gambling.

The expenses of the billboards removal, they say should be done at the expense of Green Sports Africa Limited, Mcheza Limited and Nairobi City County Government.

Proceedings resume.

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