Land registrar arrested for demanding Ksh148,000 bribe

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Deputy Land Registrar of Kisamis Lands office in Kajiado West, Sheila Nandako has been arrested for demanding Ksh148,000 bribe.

Officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) arrested Sheila Nandako with her accomplice Washington Wahome for demanding a bribe from the complainant in order to release 74 title deeds held by her office.

The two were processed at Integrity Centre Police Station on Thursday, November 30, before they were transferred to Kilimani Police Station pending further action.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)  headquarters in Nairobi. Photo: EACC
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters in Nairobi. Photo: EACC

“The Kajiado Lands Office is among those with many complaints of corruption in land transactions.

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“In the case, the Deputy Land Registrar has allegedly directly and indirectly through the named officer been extorting money from citizens seeking facilitation of land transactions,” EACC noted in a statement.

The arrest of the two land officials is part of ongoing operations by the Commission across the country.

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In addition, EACC noted that it was determined to tame corruption at service delivery points where citizens seeking services are routinely subjected to extortion by corrupt public officials. 

“Notably, corruption at service delivery points hurts ordinary citizens daily and leads to denial or inordinate delay of services,” read part of the EACC statement.

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However, the commission has appealed to members of the public to report corrupt public officers for action to be taken according to the law.

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