Govt urged to weed out corruption at Lands Department

National, Normal

The National, Thursday, May 26th 2011

NATIONAL Research Institute director Dr Thomas Webster has called on the government to investigate corrupt deals by the department of Lands in granting and acquisition of land.
 “As part of the inquiry into the issuance of special agriculture and business leases, the government must conduct a complete inquiry to stop a lot of abuse and corruptive practices that exist in the department,” he said.
Webster said taking that step would allow for good practices to prevail in the department so people could regain their confidence and trust in the department and what it does.
He called on the speaker and clerk of parliament to certify the Incorporated Land Group (ILG) Act.
He described the ILG Act and the Land Registration Act as two critical acts developed through the government’s land development programme to deal with the weaknesses identified in all of the three key areas highlighted in the institute’s report on SABLs.
“Both acts cannot be put into operation because the ILG has not been certified by the speaker and clerk.
“We would like to urge that the ILG be signed off as a matter of urgency to allow landowners to develop their land in a manner that addresses the weaknesses identified in the administration of SABLs,” Webster said.