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Undisclosed Party Blocks Dissolution Of Sportpesa Affiliated Firm in UK

Ronald Karauri

Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri [Image/Courtesy]

An unnamed person has blocked the dissolution of Liverpool-based SPS Sportsoft Limited, which would have seen its Ksh2 billion worth of assets taken over by UK government.

In a turn of events, the company says an objection had been lodged with the registrar of companies in UK, hence the dissolution would be temporarily halted.

“Action under Section 1000 of the Companies Act 2006 has been temporarily suspended as an objection to the striking off has been received by the Registrar,” the company said in a notice on Thursday.

SPS Sportsoft Limited has the same shareholders as Kenya-based Pevans East Africa Limited (the original owner of the Sportpesa brand), and ceased operations in 2019.

Read: Fists Fly During A SportPesa Board Meeting Over Money Laundering Claims

The UK government refused to renew SPS Sportsoft’s licence, claiming millions from the firm as unpaid taxes.

“The Registrar of Companies gives notice that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, the company will be struck off the register and dissolved not less than two months from the date shown above. Upon the company’s dissolution, all property and rights vested in, or held in trust for, the company are deemed to be bona vacantia, and will belong to the Crown,” SPS said a notice dated September 14, 2021.

Pevans was SPS’s biggest client, paying Ksh3.1 billion in the nine months ended December 2018, accounting for 96 percent of the total revenue of Ksh3.2 billion in the period.

Other clients include Sportpesa Global Holdings Limited (SPGHL) (which runs Sportpesa brand in Tanzania and South Africa.

Read: Sportpesa Owners Lose Ksh2 Billion Assets To UK Government

The UK government will however not inherit liabilities by SPS.

“Property, cash and any other assets owned by a company when it is dissolved automatically pass to the Crown. This is because the law says this happens. Liabilities of a company do not pass to the Crown on dissolution: they are normally extinguished,” the UK government says on the bona vacantia process.

This means that SPS’s creditors will a combined £8.5 million (Ksh1.2 billion), in case the process is concluded.

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Written by Francis Muli

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