Don't look for shortcuts when buying land, warns CS Wahome

Lands and Physical Planning Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome has urged Kenyans to do due diligence when seeking to buy property so as to not fall prey to land cartels. Speaking during a tour of the Kilifi land registry on Monday morning, CS Wahome said land cartels lurk around land registries across the country, defrauding Kenyans by promising faster processing of title deeds. She added that her ministry was investigating the activities of all 97 land registries to weed out the cartels that have been swindling millions of shillings from unsuspecting Kenyans and issuing them with fake title deeds. CS Wahome said that to streamline services, the ministry has embarked on the digitisation of land records to provide secure storage for the country's land documents. The CS also said that her office was in the process of processing the list of prospective beneficiaries of Dongo Kundu titling to weed out bogus applicants.
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