‘We have back up of data stolen from our offices,’ claims land commission


'We have back up of data stolen from our offices,' claims land commission
Ministry of Lands offices. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • In a statement to newsrooms, the commission confirmed that indeed data was stolen from its offices, but maintained it has a back up for all the lost information.
  • According to the commission, what got lost was a central processing unit in one of the computers within the Directorate of Valuation and Taxation containing some "operational data."

The National Land Commission (NLC) has refuted reports indicating that crucial documents relating to the case against its chairman Muhamad Swazuri went missing from its offices last Friday.

In a statement to newsrooms, the commission confirmed that indeed data was stolen from its offices, but maintained it has a back up for all the lost information.

According to the commission, what got lost was a central processing unit in one of the computers within the Directorate of Valuation and Taxation containing some “operational data.”

“Contrary to press reports, the theft did not occur in the Chairman’s office. The theft occurred over the weekend of December 14, 2018. The information/ data contained in the stolen CPU is available in our back up system contrary to reports published in some sections of the media,” said NLC.

The commission claimed that the loss of the CPU will not in any way affect the operations of the commission, neither will it affect or compromise the integrity of our process and procedures and any other matter related to compensations undertaken by the Commission.

“The information/ data contained in the stolen CPU is available in our back up system contrary to reports published in some sections of the media,” said NLC.

Meanwhile, detectives from the cybercrime unit have raised concern over the time taken by the commission to report the incident

With the computer having gone missing on Friday, December 14, 2018 it was not until Monday, December 17 at 4pm that the matter was recorded at the DCIO office at Kilimani Police Station under ob number 56 of 2018.

Sources privy to the inquest say detectives have dusted the offices to try and establish who might have stolen the unit and why.

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