Nairobi, Friday 16th March 2018…Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney has said her ministry will gradually seal the loopholes identified in a report presented by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) into the systems, policies, procedures and practices of the Lands Ministry.
“My ministry is charged with the responsibility of ensuring efficient administration and sustainable management of the land resource in the country.” Said the lands CS.
She said that the report came at the right time when Lands ministry had injected new leadership who are committed to quality service delivery.
She spoke when the EACC presented a report on the findings of systems audit to her at KICC, Nairobi.
Ms. Karoney said that the examination report has proposed recommendations for the effective management of land in Kenya.
“These have been made with a view to enhance service delivery and seal corruption loopholes identified.” She said.
The lands CS commended her predecessor Prof.Jacob Kaimenyi for spearheading the process of the systems audit.
She said that the findings of the report will help the ministry in transforming their services in the next two years.
Ms. Karoney said that her ministry will reach out to all stakeholders and other arms of government to assist improve the ministries service delivery.
“My ministry is committed to digitization of land services such that they are accessible at a click of a button.” Said the lands CS.
In his remarks EACC chairperson, retired Anglican Archbishop Dr.Eliud Wabukala reiterated that Land is a critical resource in the economic, social and cultural development in Kenya.
“Corruption is an issue that greatly affects our nation and its citizens, it undermines development; increases levels of poverty and weakens service delivery hence leaving the averaged citizens vulnerable and disillusioned.” He said.
Arch. Wabukala said that EACC will work hand in hand with the Lands ministry and other government ministries to ensure every Kenyan enjoys the country without instances of corruption hindrances.
In the report, EACC identified several irregularities ranging from improper issuance of new parcels of lands and deed plan numbers, inaccurate surveys, irregular map amenities and double registration land parcels and also forgeries in land transactions.
Lands CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro and PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri were among those who spoke in the function.
Joseph K. Mwangi Head/Public Communications