Ministry of Lands on the Spot Over Fake Documents

  • Lands CS Farida Karoney
    Lands CS Farida Karoney
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  • Local residents living along Kajiado-Nakuru boundary have called upon the Ministry of Lands to intervene on an ownership wrangle pitting them against seven government officials.

    The residents claim the officials produced fake documents in an attempt to claim the land which is currently occupied by the Maasais.

    Some of the community elders claimed that land grabbers are colluding with the said officials to impose their authority on them.

    Lands CS Farida Karoney during her vetting process at parliament buildings in February 2018
    Lands CS Farida Karoney during her vetting process at parliament buildings in February 2018
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    "At one point a bishop from Rift Valley acting on behalf of the other group convened a meeting at the Ministry of Land Nairobi offices. Threats were issued to compel us to surrender the lion's share of our land, but we never ceded ground," Mr. Joseph Toris, a resident spoke during an elders' crisis meeting at the village. 

    The dispute has been going on for three years having started during the compensation process for the second phase of Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited  (KETRACO) which was to pave way for power masts to Suswa substation.

    During the compensation, the locals, who had lived in the land for more than 30 years, alleged that an unknown group of people came claiming the same land.

    "We want Lands CS Farida Karoney to ensure justice prevails. Some forces are rooting to evict us from our forefathers’ land near the proposed standard gauge railway," Jeremiah Maishontoi, an elder, spoke to Nation.

    Land ownership wrangles have escalated over the past few years despite the government's efforts to digitize the operations at the land's office.

    Earlier this year, Lands CS Faridah Karoney unveiled a new platform for all land transactions within Nairobi County, ranging from purchases, transfers and leases. 

    The move came after Parliament declared manual land transactions invalid and set up the Land Registration (Electronic Land Transactions) Regulations 2020. The regulations took effect on Tuesday, July 14. 

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    Ardhi House, Lands Ministry headquarters in Nairobi
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