The role of the Department of Lands is to facilitate and manage land related issues. The Department is comprised of three main Sections namely the Land Survey Section, Land Section and Land Records Section.
With increase demand for development in terms of land dealings, the challenge for the Department of Land in 2017 is its limited human resources and budget.
In 2017 the Lands Section under the Valuation Unit embarked on acquisition of 33 sites for public interest some of which were rolled over from 2016. The acquisition process involved the Land Survey Section to survey many sites for purpose of Schedule four of the acquisition process. With only one Acquiring officer, this is really an uphill challenge. Many of these sites will be rolled over to 2018.
The Department of Land, Survey and Records collect the bulge of the revenue under the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources in one year. These are collected from land related fees charged by the three Sections of which the Land Records Section collects the substantial amount.