Plans are underway to digitize Kisii lands registry, the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Lands and Physical Planning Farida Karoney has said.
Ms. Karoney observed that the move will enable residents access services with ease saying there will be transparency and accountability in the ministry.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Ongwae’s office, Ms. Karoney regretted that the ministry of Lands is famous for all wrong reasons including issues of missing files which will be addressed once digitalization is complete.
“I am embarrassed to say that files in this ministry just walk away. They disappear without a trace. We have fraudsters who have access to title deeds and seals of government and they have brought untold of mystery and that will not be tolerated,” she said saying the cases will be completely addressed once the digitization is complete.
Governor Ongwae observed that land is an emotive issue in the region owing to the high population density and the resultant scramble for available space.
He expressed concern over the rampant encroachment on public land adding that private developers and farmers have alienated parcels meant for public utilities.
He lamented that some parcels meant for recreational centres, markets, stadia, schools, water catchment areas and marshlands have been encroached saying his administration is in the process of reclaiming them.
“We are asking the national government through the ministry of Lands to help us locate, document and subsequently have public land reverted to government ownership, said Ongwae.
The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, the County Secretary among other senior officers called on officers from the Ministry of Lands to work with officers in the county to ensure that public land is safeguarded.
Ongwae further appealed to the Ministry of lands to arbitrate and resolve the pending dispute between Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) and the Kisii County government regarding Suneka sports ground which belongs to the County government but is currently occupied by KENHA.
He also asked the Ministry to facilitate the relocation of Ogembo Police Station which lies on the land belonging to Ogembo Sub County Hospital to a site the county government is offering nearby saying it will aid in the expansion of the hospital.