Ministry of land issued a warning to Kenyans informing them to be cautious of scammers who are using illegal searches to carry out land transactions
The government has warned Kenyans about illegal land searches on the eCitizen portal, despite the fact that the Ministry of Lands does not provide the service on the platform.
The Farida Karoney Ministry issued a warning to Kenyans informing them to be cautious of scammers who were using illegal searches to carry out land transactions, as published in the local dailies.
Land searches using the eCitizen platform were stopped in 2021, according to the Ministry.
Furthermore, it stated that the only legal way to search for land was through the Ardhisasa platform, which President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the last year.
"We have noted with great concern that there are illegal land searches purporting to emanate from the e-Citizen platform in circulation. Kindly note that Ardhisasa searches are issued in accordance with form LRA 85 as per regulation 86 of Land Registration (General) Regulations, 2017.
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"The Ardhisasa digital platform enables citizens and investors to search and carry out various land transactions at the click of a button," read the Ministry's notice in part.
The Ministry further noted that people could authenticate land searches by verifying the details on the certificate.
"The search certificate clearly indicates that it has been issued from the Ardhisasa portal.
According to the Ministry of Lands, "Land-related services can be accessed through the Ardhisasa digital platform on ardhisasa(dot)lands(dot)go(dot)ke for Nairobi Land Registry."
The government started to digitize land transactions in 2021 with the goal of simplifying the land transaction process. Before being implemented in other counties, the platform was first tested in Nairobi.
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The platform, according to the head of state, would dismantle cartels that were defrauding Kenyans of their hard-earned money and land.
"The system will solve the land issue because it will offer an accessible, up-to-date, and verified database of land records.
During the platform launch in 2021, Uhuru said, "The system will ensure investors and people dealing with land are not met with warning signs such as "Plot not for sale," "danger," and "Trespassers will be prosecuted."
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