Government to digitize land records to reduce corruption

Written By: Claire Wanja/KNA
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Karoney said EACC Examination Report on Systems, policies, procedures and practices of the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning will help reduce land injustices.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has announced that her ministry will ensure the process of digitisation is fully implemented to reduce loopholes for corruption in the country.

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Karoney said there was need to build partnership with various stakeholders, state agencies, private sectors among others in addressing land issues being the most important asset available to Kenyans.

Speaking on Wednesday as she received the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Examination Report on Systems, policies, procedures and practices of the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning, Karoney said the report will help reduce land injustices.

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“Our Ministry is committed to working together with different stakeholders, including the private sectors and the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) to find better ways of embracing technology in digitizing record keeping, financial transactions among other issues related to land,” said Karoney.

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The EACC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Halakhe Waqo, said the Commission expects the Ministry to hasten implementation of the recommendations in a coordinated manner.

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The implementation, she said, will include preparation of an implementation plan to be submitted to EACC within a period of 30 days from today.

“Karoney added that EACC will partner with the Ministry through monitoring of the process and give all the necessary cooperation to ease the process,” stated Waqo.

The EACC Chairman Mr. Eliud Wabukhala challenged the ministers, Principal Secretaries and Heads of State Corporations to lead the fight against corruption by instituting mechanisms within their respective institutions that will detect and deter corruption.

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“The Commission is ready to work with the Ministry so that culprits are not only identified but also made to face the full force of the law,” stated Wabukhala.

The examination was achieved through identification of systemic weakness, loopholes and inefficiencies that provide opportunities for corrupt practices.

The report covers findings and recommendations of the systems review conducted by the EACC between September 2016 and February 2017.

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