Minister of Lands Kezzie Msukwa has directed that there should no longer be manual ground rent notices including the issuance of invoices of land rates effective January 1, 2021.
Msukwa announced the directive in Lilongwe yesterday at the launch of the web-based automated Land Rent Roll System.
The system will enable the ministry in all its three regional administrative offices to digitally make transactions which the minister says will also reduce corruption.
“We have been generating manual invoices for land rates, but from January 1, 2020 all the three administrative regions must be able to use the system that we have launched today and ensure that all data is being captured on the system,” Msukwa said.
He said in the manual system, some stakeholders were being mistakenly omitted during the process hence the new system would address such challenges.
President of the ICT Association of Malawi, Bram Fudzulani, said the ministry need to effectively use the system and emphasised the need for its users to be well trained.
He said usually network challenges that some government departments raise as an excuse for not using such a system rise from untrained users who wish to frustrate the process.
“Having network outages in real life is one thing, but I don’t think we do have them as often as we see in many government offices,” Fudzulani said.
Deputy Director of IT in the Ministry of Lands, Carol Kumwenda, said the ministry is set to adhere to the directive from the minister.
She said the web-based system will allow anyone who has access to internet to access it from any location.
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