A Kenyan judge suspended a ban on gambling ads on Monday after a musician complained it robbed him of his right to make celebrity endorsements, court papers showed
Muriji Kamau Wanjohi launched a legal challenge days after the restrictions were imposed, calling them “irrational and unreasonable”.
He argued that the ban deprived him of income since he “earns a living thorough endorsement of products and services due to his influence and celebrity status”.
The government brought in a raft of new regulations this month – including bans on such endorsements and advertising on social media – saying the rapidly growing industry was harming the young and the poor.
Nairobi high court judge James Makau ruled on Monday that the new regulations should be halted until the musician’s petition had been considered, according to the court documents.
The gaming industry in Kenya has grown substantially over the last five years, to 200 billion shillings ($1.98 billion) from 2 billion, the interior ministry says