Sur­vey­ors not col­lud­ing with car­tels, ISK says

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministry -

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.

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