Land records at Ardhi House handled by interns, casuals: Report
5 days ago, 14:12
A report released Wednesday by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) identified several irregularities ranging from improper issuance of new parcels and deed plan numbers to inaccurate surveys, irregular map amendments, double registrations of parcels and forgeries in land transactions.
The report, whose launch was presided over by Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney and her Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri, revealed that land records at various registries in the country are handled by interns, casual labourers and persons termed as volunteers and without supervision.
Other loopholes highlighted in the 171-page report include inefficiency in bulk title processing at the National Titling Centre, lack of record management policy, unauthorised access to land records, absence of a system of tracking records, existence of parallel and duplicate records and also those that are missing.
Qualification of surveyors The EACC has also questioned the qualification of land surveyors as most work submitted at the Survey of Kenya Deed Plan Office have glaring errors. "
Linen materials used in production of deed plans and ammonia papers used in production of Registry Index Maps that show the location and shapes of parcels of land had been out of stock for three months.
"The team noted that when clients requested for maps they were advised to buy from specific vendors despite having paid for the services that included paper and printing," says the report.
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