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Midiwo denies Sh300 million extortion claim

Gem Member of Parliament, Jakoyo Midiwo, has dismissed as propaganda reports he attempted to extort Sh300 million from a blue chip firm.

The outspoken legislator blamed the reports on a wider scheme bent on curtailing his efforts to regulate gambling within the Kenyan sports industry.

“This debate on betting in sports will go on despite the resistance. I have never asked anybody for money and those spreading such propaganda should know that I will not be shaken,” Midiwo told NTV.


The legislator, who doubles up as the Deputy Leader of Minority in Parliament, was on Monday adversely named in a Sh300 million extortion racket in sections of the media.

Midiwo has in the past brought a motion to Parliament seeking to regulate betting, lotteries and gaming in the country.

At the time, he said, that betting companies which have increased tenfold in the country in recent years, are most likely evading paying taxes and could be involved in money laundering, hence the need to enact laws to regulate such.