Titling Public Schools Land in Kenya

Members of the National Working Group for the Survey and Titling of Public Schools land met at the Lands Ministry Headquarters (Ardhi Hse) in Nairobi today to among other things discuss the 2018 Work plan.

The Multi-Stakeholder Rapid Response Initiative aims at titling 10,000 Public schools titles this year. So far,1883 schools have been issued with title deeds.

Public schools across three counties namely; Uasin Gishu, Kwale and Mombasa have already been audited. Counties set to be audited include Bungoma, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Busia and Vihiga.

The Stakeholders in this initiative include Shule Yangu Alliance, ISK, NLC, the Ministry of Education and the Lands Ministry.

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Lands Ministry to roll out a new Land Information Management System (LIMS)

Nairobi, Thursday 29TH MARCH 2018 …Lands Ministry to roll out a new Land Information Management System (LIMS)…The Ministry of Lands will on Tuesday (3rd April 2018) roll out the highly anticipated Land Information Management Systems. (LIMS)

Core Lands Ministry staff together with members of key stakeholders have already been trained and sensitized on how the new system operates.

The Ministry in conjunction with the Government Digital Payment (GDP) this week carried out a sensitization exercise for members of both the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya Bankers Association. (KBA)

Both organizations are key stakeholders in the land sector and will be enabled to have access to the new Land Information Management System.

The Ministry had for two weeks closed both the Nairobi and Central registries at Ardhi House to enable the clean-up of land records and validation of Data.

The Coordinator of GDP Mr. Nick Wambugu says that the system will improve response time, service provision and to eliminate fraud.

Mr. Wambugu says that LIMS would benefit public programs such as land planning, infrastructure development and maintenance, environmental protection and resource management, emergency services and social service programs.

He said that the system provides a base for land markets, development, and other economic activity.

The following services are expected to go online:

  • Transfer of Ownership (transfer of Lease and transfer of Land)
  • Issuance of Consent (for transfer, charge, further charge), this request will be created automatically upon application for transfer of ownership
  • Valuation requests – this will be created automatically upon application for transfer of ownership
  • Payment and Issuance of Land Rent Clearance Certificate.
  • All payments (Payment of Stamp Duty, Registration Fees, Consent Fees)
  • Application and withdrawal of Caution/Caveats/Restrictions
  • Registration of Land Documents
  • Searches (Nairobi and Central Registries)

All Property Owners within Nairobi with Titles under the Registered Land Act (Repealed) and Registration of Titles Act (Repealed) who wish to make transactions on their Land are required to access their Land details online and initiate transactions.

First, they have to confirm that their Land is listed in their profile under the ‘Manage Property’ menu by logging into LIMS via the eCitizen portal, if it is not, then they need to validate it.

Customers are required to click on ‘Make Application’, ‘Verify your Title’ and then ‘Authenticate your Title’ by uploading a copy of it and any other additional documents that they may have.

Once their Land details are approved at the Registry, a link to their Land will be done and they will be able to access it under ‘Manage Property’ and make an application against it.

The Ministry is calling on citizens to process their transactions online to ensure they get quality services.

Joseph K. Mwangi                                                                           Head/Public Communications Unit

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PRESS RELEASE

Nairobi, Monday 26th March 2018… Partnering to accelerate Land reforms … FAO Country Representative, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema and the Head of EU Development Cooperation Division, Herbert Perr Monday joined Lands CS, Farida Karoney during the handing over ceremony to the Contractor for the proposed new Customer Care Center at Ardhi House.

The lands CS commended the two joint development partners for their continued support to Kenya’s land reform agenda.

She said the new customer care center will help to improve the quality of service offered to customers which has in the past been quite poor.

“Customer handling has not been successful over the past years, my ministry is committed to quality delivery to its customers and that’s one of my main agenda.” Said the Ms. Karoney.

She said that her ministry was keen to launch the National Land Use Policy soon.

In their remarks, Both Dr. Rugalema and Mr. Hebert Perr praised the ongoing digitization program at the Ministry saying this would help to accelerate implementation of reforms in the land sector.

They praised the highly anticipated Land use Policy saying it would go a long way in boosting sustainable land management.

The Customer Care center is part of the joint EU and FAO Lands Ministry funded five-year land Governance Program (2016-2021).

The EU program which is being funded by EU and managed by FAO and has a budget of 10m euros which is equivalent to 1.2b Kenya shillings.

NLC is also a beneficiary of the program.

Also in attendance was Lands CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro and PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.

Head/Public Communications Unit

Joseph K. Mwangi

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PRESS RELEASE

Nairobi, Friday 16th March 2018…Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney has said her ministry will gradually seal the loopholes identified in a report presented by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) into the systems, policies, procedures and practices of the Lands Ministry.

“My ministry is charged with the responsibility of ensuring efficient administration and sustainable management of the land resource in the country.” Said the lands CS.

She said that the report came at the right time when Lands ministry had injected new leadership who are committed to quality service delivery.

She spoke when the EACC presented a report on the findings of systems audit to her at KICC, Nairobi.

Ms. Karoney said that the examination report has proposed recommendations for the effective management of land in Kenya.

“These have been made with a view to enhance service delivery and seal corruption loopholes identified.” She said.

The lands CS commended her predecessor Prof.Jacob Kaimenyi for spearheading the process of the systems audit.

She said that the findings of the report will help the ministry in transforming their services in the next two years.

Ms. Karoney said that her ministry will reach out to all stakeholders and other arms of government to assist improve the ministries service delivery.

“My ministry is committed to digitization of land services such that they are accessible at a click of a button.” Said the lands CS.

In his remarks EACC chairperson, retired Anglican Archbishop Dr.Eliud Wabukala reiterated that Land is a critical resource in the economic, social and cultural development in Kenya.

“Corruption is an issue that greatly affects our nation and its citizens, it undermines development; increases levels of poverty and weakens service delivery hence leaving the averaged citizens vulnerable and disillusioned.” He said.

Arch. Wabukala said that EACC will work hand in hand with the Lands ministry and other government ministries to ensure every Kenyan enjoys the country without instances of corruption hindrances.

In the report, EACC identified several irregularities ranging from improper issuance of new parcels of lands and deed plan numbers, inaccurate surveys, irregular map amenities and double registration land parcels and also forgeries in land transactions.

Lands CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro and PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri were among those who spoke in the function.

 

Joseph K. Mwangi                                                                                                                                       Head/Public Communications      

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Countdown to 3rd April

Ministry of Lands in conjunction with Government Digital Payments are doing Sensitization attaining to members of Law Society of Kenya (LSK) all day today at a Nairobi Hotel.

The lawyers are being sensitized on the new system which has necessitated the closure of both the Nairobi and Central Registries to enable the Ministry to clean-up and validate Data

The lawyers are a major stakeholder in the Lands sector and will be whitelisted to have access to Land Information Management System (LIMS) hence the import of today’s meeting.

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City Leaders Meeting

Nairobi MPs are currently in an important meeting with Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney at Ardhi Hse to review progress on the ongoing Titling program in the Nairobi City County.

The meeting is looking into ways of fast-tracking the ambitious program whose aim is to empower land owners in the City.

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Bilateral relations

The Colombian Ambassador to Kenya, Mrs. Elizabeth Ines Taylor Wednesday paid Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney a courtesy call in her office.

The two held mutual talks touching on areas where the two countries can work together in relation to land matters.

The CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro was also present.

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LSK meets CS Karoney

New LSK President, Allen Gichuhi paid Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney a courtesy call in her office Friday where the two discussed matters of common interest.

In his remarks, the incoming LSK boss said he looked forward to strengthening LSK working relations with the lands Ministry with a view of improving engagement leading to agreed practice rules for conveyancing matters.

He said this will help to maintain uniform standards and consequently improve service delivery across the country.

Mr. Gichuhi praised the ongoing digitization exercise of land records in the ministry saying it would help to seal loopholes that cartels use to defraud innocent Kenyans of their land.

In her remarks, the Lands CS emphasized that digitization of land records was a key requirement by the Government and a necessary process geared towards improving service delivery to Kenyans.

Ms. Karoney said the ongoing digitization of both Nairobi and Central registries involves verification and validation of land documents.

The CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro, PS Dr. Nicholas Muraguri and LSK member, Mr. Charles Wamae were also present during the courtesy call.

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