Government partners with ISK to end land cartels

landChief Administrative Secretary in the Lands ministry, Gideon Mung’aro with the The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya Chairman Abraham Samoei at Leisure lodge resort-Kwale.

Chief Administrative Secretary in the Lands ministry, Gideon Mung’aro, has lauded the partnership between government and Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK)saying it will help stem cartels doing shoddy survey work in the country.

“The partnership will help us smoke out those doing shoddy work either from ISK or government to ensure citizens get services as required,” he said.

Addressing ISK members at leisure Lodge Resort in Kwale during the annual ISK pre-AGM conference today, Mung’aro said that they are also in discussion with the ISK and other stakeholders on workable partnership.

Mung’aro said that through a policy in future they will allow private surveyors to survey work for big projects like SGR from Naivasha to Kisumu in a bid to make work easier.

“We want to ensure where there are huge projects we put effort together and do the work quickly. This will hasten such projects implementation,” he said.

The lands CAS said that they have started digitization of land documents which have significantly reduced registration of land from 72 days to 12 days.

“We expect in the next four to five months it will take two days, search of land takes some hours but we want it to take minutes to make work easier in building the nation and doing business,” he added.

By digitization of land documents, he said that there will be no cases of cartels selling non existing land to unsuspecting customers.

“We have transferred staff across the country to streamline services in the land ministry. There are people who worked in a station for 19 and 20 years, we have made sure there are new faces,” he said.

The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya Chairman Abraham Samoei said that they are working to ensure there is a new land policy to guide Kenyans on land usage.

“Land is a key resource in food production development and if we don’t have a guideline, we won’t have a progress. We have a policy that has served us for the last ten years before the new constitution, now we have the constitution and laws but we need the guidelines,” he said.

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