Surveyors on the spot for abetting Sh30b land fraud

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Mwangi Muiruri] Kenya’s economy loses an estimated Sh30 billion annually due to land fraud facilitated by corrupt and quack surveyors, Lands Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri has said. The amount includes what the government loses inland rates, expenses in costly court cases and investment opportunities lost when the disputed land lies idle. Dr…


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Coronavirus pandemic drives property sector towards digitisation

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Mwangi Muiruri] The government has embraced digitisation of the property market even as the Covid-19 scourge forces stakeholders away from brick and mortar operations. Already, Lands and Physical Planning Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has closed all land offices and registries indefinitely to prevent the spread of coronavirus through the usual crowding…


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Investor loss fears as land registries closed indefinitely

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Sam Kiplagat] For close to two months now, the national land registries have remained shut, effectively freezing multibillion-shilling transactions amid rising disquiet by interest groups. Land Cabinet Secretary (CS) Farida Karoney announced that in compliance with the Presidential directive on the management and mitigation of Covid-19, the ministry would scale down…


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Article: Sort, digitise land records during month-long break – Ibrahim Mwathane

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Ibrahim Mwathane] When Land Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney tweeted to inform us that all Land offices and Registries countrywide would be closed for 28 days from March 17 following the corona menace, I retweeted, knowing its importance to the country. But in retweeting, I added: “Take advantage of the month-long break…


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Parliament faulted for stopping Lands ministry’s online services

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Fidelis Kabunyi] Land dealers have faulted the National Assembly for stopping a plan by the Ministry of Lands to introduce online transactions. The regulations were to provide for the procedure of conducting electronic land transactions, registration of documents and submissions where an e-registry is maintained. Members of Parliament cancelled a notice…


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Article: Digitised transactions law to boost ease of doing business

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Dominic Indokhomi, Walid Khan and Stephen Adier] President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Business Laws Amendment Act on March 19. The new law is aimed at enhancing the ease of doing business in the country. The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index 2020 ranks Kenya at number 56. This is…


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Article: No need to close land registries as we seek to go digital – Abdulkadir Khalif

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Abdulkadir Khalif] The closure of Nairobi and central land registries took effect on February 24. The closure of land registries has been a regular phenomenon for the last seven years. Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney gave reasons for closure including auditing files and digitisation of records. The registries have been plagued…


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Article: Kenya’s property portfolio must be digitised quickly – Ibrahim Mwathane

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Ibrahim Mwathane] Data on the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning website reveals that Kenya’s registered properties now stand at over ten million. Even a modest approximate value of a million shillings each quickly tells us that our property portfolio runs into trillions of Kenya shillings currently. And with continued efforts…


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