DCI recommends Chief Land Registrar to be granted absolute powers


DCI recommends Chief Land Registrar to be granted absolute powers

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) wants parliament to review laws and operational procedures at both land and company registries to help deal with the bane of land cartels.

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Appearing before the National Assembly Security and Administration Committee on Friday, DCIO George Kinoti revealed that the epicentre of land grabbing was domiciled at the lands registry where files were being altered and Kenyans duped.

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In the wake of increased cases of land grabbing and fraudulent transfer of land that often result in forced evictions of innocent land buyers, the National Assembly invited the DCI to engage on strategies to deal with the vice.

The DCI in one of his recommendations said that the Chief Land Registrar should be granted absolute powers to cancel all title deeds obtained fraudulently.

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The DCI also called for re-digitalization of all documents at the lands registries and backing up of the same in physical form.

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The DCI, which has opened a liaison office at Ardhi House, also wants a law enacted to provide for regular vetting of personnel in the lands and companies registries.

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Further, the investigation agency wants parliament to formulate laws to protect the records at the registrar of companies and lands registry by introducing sufficient checks.

In addition, the DCI wants the law reviewed to make it mandatory for vendors and buyers of land to append their thumbprints on transfer documents.

This according to the investigative agency will enhance trailing of fraudulent persons.



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