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Betting tax is going up and Twitter is split

Kenya’s army of online gamblers were among the biggest losers in the budget statement read out by Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich on Thursday.

Mr Rotich has proposed a tax increase from seven per cent to 50 per cent on all proceeds of gambling.

The proposal elicited mixed reactions online.

Some users lauded the proposal as an appropriate measure to curb irresponsible betting. Others saw it as unfair because betting companies have created job opportunities.

The Treasury CS said taxes from proceeds of gambling will go to the development of arts and culture.

Here are some of the reactions online: