Lawyers Accuse Lands Ministry Of Poor Services
Lawyers will this Friday stage peaceful protests that they say aim at piling pressure on the Ministry of Lands to expedite the implementation of recommendations that are meant to improve service delivery.
According to the lawyers’ umbrella body LSK, the recommendations were arrived at between it, the Lands Ministry, and the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya, ISK.
“On Tuesday, 26th July 2022, the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning (“Ministry”) reached out, seeking a meeting to discuss members’ concerns. Subsequently, a joint meeting between the LSK, ISK, and the Ministry was held on the same date, to explore possible solutions to the challenges being faced,” says a statement dated January 17, 2023, signed by LSK Chief Executive Officer Florence Muturi.
During the meeting, it was acknowledged that the respective professionals were facing a raft of challenges that include those to do with Ardhisasa, Central Registry Conversion of titles, and Long-term leases and sectional titles under the Sectional Titles Act, 2020.
“After extensive discussions, resolutions were agreed upon and it was further resolved that there would be a follow-up open forum between practitioners and the Ministry which was held on Wednesday, 3rd August 2022 enabling members of the Society to review the progress, table their complaints over the issues that were not working and at that point, consider the most appropriate options for further action,” the statement reads.
However, to date, LSK says the Ministry of Lands has failed to implement mutual recommendations arrived at by both institutions, a state of affairs that has resulted in members continuing to experience delays, inefficiencies, and service collapse across the country’s registries.
“The Practice of conveyancing has nearly collapsed and caused untold hardship to our members and the public at large.”
The lawyer’s umbrella body is now calling on its members to join in a peaceful protest march scheduled for this Friday across the 8 branches countrywide.
It says the protest dubbed, “Ardhi Sasa, Ardhi Tasa” aims to not only place a public outcry but also to document the challenges being faced and present them to the Ministry as other legal avenues are being sought to address the challenges faced by its members.
In Nairobi, the protest march shall be flagged off at the Supreme Court Grounds at 10.00a.m and shall traverse through City Hall Way, Kenyatta Avenue, and Milimani Road all the way to the Ministry of Lands Offices, at Ardhi House.