CS Jacob Kaimenyi orders transfer of Lands registry staff

Friday May 26 2017

Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi (centre)

Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi (centre) with Embu Land Registrar Joseph Munguti (left) and an elderly man seeking services at the registry on May 26, 2017. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has ordered registries across the country to transfer officers who have worked at one station for more than four years.

He said the move will improve integrity and break cartels and brokers.

Speaking during an impromptu visit to the Embu Lands office, Prof Kaimenyi was incensed by the absence of half of the staff members.

“Staying in one station for long can affect service delivery. Those who have overstayed in one station must be moved as one way of improving service delivery. A new broom sweeps best,” he said.

He said the ministry has started digitising its registries across the country to boost services and minimise incidents of document loss.

MISSING FILES

The CS said it was a shame to have files missing or crucial documents being lost or misplaced in a digital era and vowed to ensure there was a back-up system.

He said 18 registries have already been digitised and the others would follow soon.

He regretted that most registries countrywide are in deplorable conditions and require immediate overhaul, including digitisation.

Prof Kaimenyi reiterated that the ministry is committed to transformation and reforms in the sector.

He cited the waiver of land-search fees, issuing title deeds to public institutions and abolishing lands control boards as some of the key measures the government was taking to restore integrity in the ministry.

During the visit, Prof Kaimenyi expressed shock that even vital circulars related to government policies on land issues were not available at the office for dissemination to members of public.