Ju­bilee has so far is­sued 3 mil­lion ti­tle deeds, Kaimenyi tells Land sum­mit

The CS says the achievements in­clude one of the man­i­festo’s flag­ship pro­jects: Ministry, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the National Land Com­mis­sion, has launched the National Land In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem

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The Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion yes­ter­day de­fended it­self against ac­cu­sa­tions it has been frus­trat­ing land re­forms.

Dur­ing a Land sum­mit held at State House, the Ministry of Lands and Phys­i­cal Plan­ning listed achievements in trans­form­ing land man­age­ment.

Lands CS Ja­cob Kaimenyi said the achievements in­clude one of the Ju­bilee man­i­festo flag­ship pro­jects of is­su­ing three mil­lion ti­tle deeds. The ministry has pre­sented a score­card on its man­date to en­sure ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the land re­source through pol­icy di­rec­tions.

Kaimenyi, who was put on the spot by par­tic­i­pants, said his ministry aims to re­store trust in the land ti­tling sys­tem. The ministry, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the National Land Com­mis­sion, has also launched the National Land In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem, the CS said.

The NLIMS will be the cus­to­dian of digi­tised data on land to en­hance ef­fi­ciency. In­stead of lin­ing up at the ministry to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion, any res­i­dent, in­clud­ing land buy­ers, agents or gov­ern­ment agency will visit the NLIMS web­site and get in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to any piece of land. The min- istry has also ini­ti­ated the digi­ti­sa­tion of 13 land reg­istries that has seen the au­to­ma­tion of land reg­is­tra­tion trans­ac­tions.

The process will re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing or tam­per­ing with prop­erty data and re­duce the time it takes for a trans­ac­tion to be completed.

“The process of digi­tis­ing an­other 12 out of 57 land reg­istries is at 79 per cent. The 12 logs will be fi­nalised by De­cem­ber 2016,” said the CS.

The CS said the ministry has been im­ple­ment­ing land re­forms geared to­wards eq­ui­table ac­cess and use of the land re­source. “The land ques­tion has been shaped by eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and le­gal pa­ram­e­ters,” Kaimenyi said.

In fast-track­ing the is­suance of ti­tles, the CS said the gov­ern­ment has tem­po­rar­ily waived land ad­ju­di­ca­tion and sur­vey fees, reg­is­tra­tion charges worth Sh5.85 bil­lion for three mil­lion ti­tle deeds and charges for pro­cess­ing ti­tle deeds.

He said the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment is on course to sur­pass the tar­get of is­su­ing three mil­lion ti­tle deeds. Kaimenyi said the ac­cel­er­ated reg­is­tra­tion would im­prove the liveli­hoods of Kenyans.

From 1963 to 2012 suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments ac­com­plished the sur­vey­ing and map­ping of 1,031km of roads on the Kenya-Ethiopia border, av­er­ag­ing 21 km per year.

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Lands CS Ja­cob Kaimenyi (sec­ond left) and National Land Com­mis­sion chair­man Muham­mad Swazuri dur­ing the State House Sum­mit on Land yes­ter­day

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