Digitise Zimbabwe’s Land System to Tackle Corruption
Ever since the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980, Land has been on the premium need for everyone because of its significance and value.
Zimbabweans should have access to land-related services using an online system which can be spearheaded by the government.
The system should implement to curb corruption and make land services seamless.
The ministry should make applications on registration of land documents, transfer of ownership on land, issuance of consent to transfer, automated valuation requests and all payments will be done online for easy tracking and auditing.
Prospective land buyers must be able to search and verify ownership of land online before they purchase any property.
The Government should develop a digital land system accessible through a portal. The cabinet must try to make all land related transactions to be fully online in a short period of time.
One of our crew once experienced a drama where farmers were fighting over land boundaries, the ministry of lands took some time to provide specific dimensions of the land in question as it was said that some paperwork went missing.
Bringing technology-based services in the sector will make everything transparent to all landowners as demarcations will be easily identified.
In a report, storage of land records is the biggest loophole for corruption in various land registries across the country. The manual system makes it easy for unscrupulous people to hide or change documents.
“Land registries hosts title duplicates running in the thousands and it shows the fraudulent acquisition of land by many Zimbabweans”, the report said.
It recommended digitisation as a measure to curb corruption and preserve land records.
The digitisation changes have made a huge effect in Kenya, Nairobi and Central Kenya registries. The country hopes that other registries will be streamlined in the future.
We Urge the next appointed cabinet secretary for lands and physical planning, to consider automation of systems at his/her ministry when they take office.