Surveyors not colluding with cartels, ISK says
The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya has defended surveyors over reports that they are colluding with cartels to swindle landowners, especially on renewal of leases.
In a statement, ISK chairman Stephen Ambani said it is inappropriate to accuse surveyors, a professionals, of facilitating irregularities in lease processing.
“A surveyor only gets involved at the tail end of the leasing processing cycle, that is after the county government has done the allocation,” he said.
The Lands ministry appointed a task force to investigate and solve land lease problems.
Ambani said it was surprising that a petitioner obtained court orders blocking temporary guidelines issued by Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi that would have facilitated the smooth operations at the ministry.
“This can only mean that the status quo remains in the meantime and the road towards streamlining these various issues remain longer and appears elusive,” he said.
Ambani urged Kaimenyi to gazette the guidelines.