Surveyors:Kenyans need sensitization on land laws

The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) has called for need to sensitize members of the public on matters land laws even as it reiterated its commitment in processes of land services delivery, formulation and implementation of land policies and management of land resources.

Speaking in Nakuru on Friday during a sensitization forum on Land laws, ISK national chairman Mr. Abraham Samoei said the Institution will continue to adhere to its key objectives as per the constitution with aim to promote professional ethical performance of services rendered by ISK members.

He added that the Institution will continue to ensure that members actively contribute towards the development of national and international policies, strategies and plans for land management in a sustainable manner.

He lauded the move to have land records digitized adding that it will help address challenges of double allotment and other issues.

The ISK chairman also took the opportunity to appeal to members of the public to report any complaints they have concerning land survey in the country so that action can be taken.

“Land is very paramount in development and that is why we are calling on public to raise any complaint they have against any of the surveyors so that action can be taken. But we are happy with the digitization of lands records as this will help address some of the challenges” he said.

He added that as surveyors they are following up the issue of individuals who have constructed structures on riparian land.

According to Mr.Samoei, the law is very clear on riparian land and those who go ahead to erect structures on such land must face the law.

“As Surveyors we are following up the issue of riparian land..not only in Naivasha but across the country” said Mr. Samoei.

Sentiments echoed by ISK South Rift Branch Chairman Mr. Joseph Kinoti who called for need to sensitize the public on matters land laws.

According to Kinoti,the laws and land policies are in place but the public needs to have more sensitization forums to understand better.

“The biggest challenge we have experienced in Nakuru is that the public do not understand laws on matters land hence need to sensitize” said Mr.Kinoti.

The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya is a land sector professionals organization made up of Valuers, Land Surveyors, Geomatic Engineers, Registered Estate Agents, Property Managers, Building Surveyors, Land Administration Managers and Facilities Managers. Current membership stands at around 3100 spread throughout the Country.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili: ISK national chairman Mr. Abraham Samoei addressing media in Nakuru on Friday during a sensitization Forum on land laws.

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