The Land Fraud Investigations Unit has received a major boost after a total of 26 detectives with a professional background in land survey, land economics, land physical planning, and administration among other relevant fields have been deployed in the unit. This is as the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) sanctioned far-reaching reforms in efforts to increase efficiency.
“This move is meant to inject new blood and professionalize the unit, to undertake investigations of land cases that are complex in nature,” the DCI said.
According to details, the detectives are said to possess the requisite skills relevant to the investigation of frauds related to land. They were carefully selected and vetted. They are expected to enhance the unit’s capacity to investigate land cases expeditiously and advise on the appropriate legal action to be taken.
This is in conformity with the lands Registration Act, 2012 which the DCI said the reforms have been made ahead of the roll-out of the new lands digital migration program, Lands CS Farida Karoney, had two days ago, met with the EU Delegation for a presentation of the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS).
With plans to extend the digitization process to the rest of the country by 2022, CS Karoney explained that the process to fully digitise the land registry in Nairobi is currently on course.
EU Ambassador Simon Mordue noted that the digitalization of land registries offers improved land governance and security of tenure which are attractive for both local citizens and foreign investors.
“With many of our development cooperation programs focused on Agriculture, this is a very welcome development. I congratulate the Ministry of Lands and CS Karoney for all the work that has gone in to realize this process,” he said.
Since 2016, the EU has been supporting the Land Governance program via FAO with the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, National Lands Commission, and nine county Governments One of the key activities has been the development of the NLIMS, which is digitization of land records.
FAO Country Representative Carla Mucavi was also present at the event.