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Government extends land registries for another 14 days

Government extends land registries for another 14 days

The government has extended the closure of all land offices and registries in the country by another 14 days.

In a notice that was published in local dailies, Lands and Physical Planning Cabinet Secretary, Farida Karoney said the decision follows advice from the National Emergency

Response Committee on the management of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CS said land offices and registries were initially slated to re-open on April 29, 2020.

She, however, said all bank charges and discharges, as well as registration of court orders, will be handled at customer care centres of land registries countrywide during the closure period.

Land offices were initially closed on March 17, 2020 for 28 days to allow for consultation and design of appropriate measures to protect staff and members of the public from COVID-19 infections.

The move resulted in the freezing of all land registration services, preparation and issuance of land leases, issuance of land title searches and determination of land boundaries.

Sale of maps and change of user, valuation of land for sale and payment of stamp duty also remain suspended as a result of the closure of land offices and registries.

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