Kajiado County is a facing a deadly challenge of fraud and corruption at its lands offices.
Governor David Nkedienye said on Friday that the challenge of land fraud are serious and huge and must be addressed as matter of urgency.
The governor said this while addressing the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko at his office when the latter paid him a courtesy call.
He expressed disappointment with the activities of corrupt land officials and the illegal practices like double allocation of title deeds and grabbing of public land.
“I am working on this with the Lands Registrar. I have problems with him. He comes to the office once or twice a week yet there are long queues waiting for his services,” Dr. Nkedienye said. “It is hell to imagine how old wazees have been signing off land without their knowledge. My office will do all it can to make sure the right procedure is followed in the allocation of land.”
Tobiko urged the governor to move with speed to bring to an end the two-decade tradition of corruption in land deals in the county.
He said the land issues in the county need an urgent and proper solution in order to make it a safe place for investors.
“Considering its strategic location in the heart of the east Africa, we need to make this county a modern day county despite of the challenges that we face along the way,” Tobiko said.
Tobiko assured the governor of his support and urged him to produce a report on all grabbed lands to be investigated and prosecuted by his office if need be.
Three land officials have recently been prosecuted in the County for their involvement in corrupt land deals.
Tobiko also mention that drug and human trafficking are rampant along the Namanga-Athi River highway and need to be brought to an end for the sake of security in the county.
The DPP also met Kajiado County Commissioner Albert Kobia who also reported the land frauds as wanting and assured that security will be upheld in the county.