Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki on Wednesday put on notice land officers aiding fraud and forgery of land titles and land leases across the country and that they will be prosecuted

He spoke in Nakuru County where revealed that this latest crackdown is set to deal with land disputes and encroachment issues that have rocked the country in recent days, and regretted that land officials had compromised the integrity of the documents, saying they would be prosecuted.

“We don’t want cases of people encroaching private lands and refusing to move, or accessing land through fraudulent means. Officers in the Ministry of Lands, Survey, and other public officers aiding forgery are criminals like any other criminals in the country and we are going to be very merciless with them,” cautioned CS Kindiki.

Currently, the County government of Nakuru is entangled in a land tussle with the directors of Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.

The proprietors have fraudulently acquired a 50-year extension of the lease for the 25-acre parcel of land that the Hospital sits on, a case currently before the Nakuru Environment and Lands court.