Farida Karoney's Visit to Citizen TV Leaves Staff Nervous

  • Lands CS Farida Karoney and JKLive show host Jeff Koinange during a show on Wednesday night, April 29
    Lands CS Farida Karoney and JKLive show host Jeff Koinange during a show on Wednesday night, April 29
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  • Lands and Physical Planning CS Farida Karoney on Wednesday evening, April 28, left workers at the Royal Media Services feeling nervous when she appeared for an interview on the JKLive show.

    Karoney, who was previously the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Royal Media Services (RMS), was appearing on the show to speak on the digitization of land records.

    Immediately the interview begun, JKLive show host Jeff Koinange noted that the RMS workers were a bit nervous and at their best behaviour.

    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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    "It is because they know me. For instance, if I was running this bulletin,  I'd say your stories are too long. If I was the editor, I would have said, cut, cut, cut, its too long. I think that is why they are behaving like that," she stated.

    "If I focus on something it has to be done well. If you are doing any kind of work, do it well. If it is to sweep, do is perfectly," she added.

    Karoney also rekindled memories of the day she was appointed to the lands docket. She said that she had no prior knowledge of the appointment and only watched on TV.

    "It was Jan 26, 2018, we had gone to Mombasa for a strategy session and I was busy calling the gallery because I knew a lot of people who were being appointed.

    "I was briefing the producer then I decided to go to a room and change because we had just arrived. When I went in the room, I saw the TV and asked myself 'Which Farida is this?''

    It is then that she got to learn that she had been appointed to the position. She noted that she was ready to go into public service but did not know it was that soon.

    The lands boss was appearing for her first interview since she was appointed cabinet secretary by President Uhuru Kenyatta in February 2018.

    She detailed how the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS), dubbed Ardhisasa, would work. 

    Launched by President Kenyatta on Tuesday, April 27, the platform aims to speed up land transactions and enable the common mwananchi access all services offered at the Lands ministry through the digital platform.