Corruption still rife in Lands ministry: report

Corruption continues unabated in the lands offices across the country, a new study says.
The study carried out in all the 47 counties reports that 41 per cent of the 913 respondents said they had either been requested for “fuel money” to conduct site visits by land officials or asked to make unofficial payments.
The 41 per cent which is 374 respondents reported cases of some of their land documents missing from the respective registries, said the survey conducted by the Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI).

The LDGI executive director Mr Mwenda Makathimo, who was speaking during the launch of the results of the survey dubbed Status of Service Delivery in the Land Sector, said the exclusive use of brokers in order to get service or favouritism is also common in all registries.

“A manual land search may take a Kenyan up to two weeks to complete but when a broker is used, the same process takes a day. That is the highest form of corruption consumers reported,” he said.

Automation

In February this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the National Titling Centre in Nairobi, in bid to automate its land registry that was expected to process three million “tamper-proof title deeds” in the next three years.

A source from the ministry however said that the online titling is yet to commence and parameters are being put in place to kick-start it.
The source said that they have, however, computerised some of the processes leading to the registration and issuance of the title deeds.

SOURCE: BUSINESS DAILY