TENSION gripped the Murang’a District Lands and Housing offices yesterday forcing members of staff to flee after a team of experts made an impromptu visit to their offices.
The team, led by Nyeri DO 1 Mr Joseph Kaniri had a difficult time explaining to the already shaken officers that theirs was only a routine visit to the district aimed at educating the officers on how to improve service delivery.
Speaking to the Press, Kaniri disclosed that there had been a public outcry over long delays in the processing of title deeds and general laxity in service delivery at the various lands offices in the province.
An inspection conducted by the team at the offices however established that the offices were untidy and there was a general disorganisation among the officers.
It was further discovered that there were no toilet facilities for clients.
The team then conducted a technical demonstration (Gemba Kaizen) of the offices, including the archives section.
Efforts to destroy unwanted documents were however withheld pending authorisation from the ministry headquarters.
Gemba Kaizen is a Japanese initiative adopted by the government to improve service delivery in the civil service.
Elsewhere, the 3,054 land allotees in three settlement schemes in Kibwezi division of Makueni District have been exempted from the mandatory Sh2,500 per acre of the allottement fee, area District Land Adjudication Officer, Eustace Kithumbu has said.
The move follows a government decision to lower the charges from Sh2,500 per acre to a flat rate of Sh3,000 for all land between 0 and 10 acres.
Those allotted land more than 10 acres will pay Sh6,000 for the whole piece of land.
In Tharaka, the government is in the process of finalising restoring peace at Tharaka and Igembe in Meru North District border.
Addressing a public baraza, area DC James Ole Seriani said animosity between the two neighbouring communities was as a result of land disputes.
The DC called on local leaders and other development stakeholders to take a leading role in educating area residents on the importance of promoting the culture of peace and harmony in a bid to create a conducive atmosphere for development activities.
He regretted that several learning institutions in the area had to be closed down due to insecurity which had a negative impact on education development.