Half of land in Kiambu, Kajiado not in Government survey maps
SEE ALSO :Poultry co-op to add value to farmersWorking documents “Mutations are not official maps that reflect the true status of land as contained in Government offices. They are working documents used by surveyors in land transactions,” said Dr Makathimo. “What this means is that you could be owning a genuine title of, say, a five-acre piece of land. But when you present the mutation to a bank or a land registry, you find that the original land has been sold to other people.” The survey that was carried out between October 29 and November 14 last year, notes that the problem is also prevalent in Nakuru, Mombasa, Kwale, Kisii and other urban centres. But it is worse in Kiambu and Kajiado because of the many land-buying companies in those counties, and the high rate of land subdivision for development.
SEE ALSO :High Court now bars Kiambu from fundsAccording to the survey, 64 per cent of those interviewed felt that the cost of services at the lands department is affordable. But they placed a caveat and said sometimes this was inflamed by other costs such as being asked to make repeat visits to the offices, which requires money for one’s fare. High corruption Corruption was another issue with 28 per cent of respondents saying it was high in the land offices. “Corruption indicators include missing documents, requests for money to fuel Government vehicles and the use of broker services,” said Makathimo.
SEE ALSO :Uhuru loses Kiambu to Ruto“There seems to be an understanding between brokers and public employees that make brokers so bold in their dealings. You can’t get a service without them in some offices.” The survey also notes that 33 per cent of respondents said they had no access to information related to land operations. Another 94 per cent do not know that the Community Land Act exists, while 81 per cent do not know of its contents. “This is serious because community land accounts for over 60 per cent of Kenya’s stock of land,” said Mwathane.
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