Nairobi, Friday 13th July, 2018… Lands and Physical Planning CS, Ms. Farida Karoney has assured the Public Service Commission (PSC) that staff in her ministry will adhere to the guidelines and policies outlined by the Commission.
Ms. Karoney spoke during a Public Service Roundtable forum between the Ministry and commissioners from PSC at Ardhi house on Friday.
The forum is part of the ongoing roundtable discussion forums in which the Commission is equipping public servants in Ministries and State Departments with a better understanding of government structure and operations, public service policies, regulations, as well as values and principles that underpin an efficient and effective public service.
“This forum will accord Heads of Departments and senior staff in my ministry with a better understanding, knowledge and competence in managing public affairs.” Said the lands CS.
Ms. Karoney praised staff in her Ministry for striving hard to deliver quality services to its customers despite encountering many challenges.
PSC Commissioner, Dr. Judith Bwonya represented the acting Chair, Amb. Peter Ole Nkuraiya during the discussions.
Dr. Bwonya said that the ongoing forums will create awareness on recruiting staff and have a better understanding on public governance.
She said that sensitization must start from the top and cascade downwards.
“Heads of Departments are responsible in executing projects and are at the core of realization of these key projects.” Said Dr. Bwonya.
She said Head of Departments have a diverse back ground of respective organizations hence they need to be sensitized on Human Resource management. “This will enhance core relations in the ministry.” Said the Commissioner.
“The objective the these meetings across all Ministries and State Departments is to create forums to share knowledge on delegation of powers, good governance, emerging issues as well as share experiences, challenges and chat a way forward.” Said Dr. Bwonya.
She said that the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 envisages a transformative Public Service that is efficient and effective in delivering services to the people.
“An efficient and effective public service can only be achieved through developing the requisite knowledge, skills, competencies and the right leadership based on the National Values and Principles of Governance, and Values and Principles of Public Service as enshrined in the Constitution.” Said Dr. Bwonya.
She outlined the objectives of the roundtable forums as follows:
- Provide a forum to share knowledge and practices necessary for managing HR function under the delegated powers;
- Promote a culture of accountability and good governance in the performance of Human Resource function;
- Appraise participants on the provisions of the PSC Act 2017, PSC Regulations 2017, and revised HR policies;
- Discuss emerging issues on the accountability, responsibility and functional roles of respective public servants and expectations of the Commission; and
- Share experiences and challenges encountered in the implementation of Commission’s decisions and chart the way forward.
Speaking during the forum, both the Lands CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro and Lands PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri praised the PSC for striving to realize the Government agenda for the citizens’ through various legal and policy instruments.
Joseph K. Mwangi Head/Public Communications Unit
SPEECH BY FARIDA KARONEY, OGW, CABINET SECRETARY MINISTRY OF LANDS AND PHYSICAL PLANNING DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE SESSIONAL PAPER No 1 OF 2017 ON NATIONAL LAND USE POLICY (NLUP) AT KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE ON JUNE 12, 2018
Your Excellency the Deputy President, H.E. William Samoei Ruto, EGH, EBS
Cabinet Secretaries present
The Governor of Nairobi, Hon. Mike Mbuvi Sonko
Chief Administrative Secretaries present
Principal Secretaries present
Heads of State Agencies
Representatives of County Governments
Ladies and Gentlemen
I wish to welcome you all to this great occasion.
Today marks a major milestone in policy formulation in the Land Sector. As a sector, we have made tremendous gains since the passage of the Sessional Paper No 3 of 2009. These gains have further been consolidated in article 60 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010) which outlines the principles for sustainable and equitable land use.
The National Land Use Policy is the framework that will guide all land use practices across sectors. The Policy builds on the need to align the usage of land as a resource in a manner that ensures sustainability and equity. It seeks to build on H.E the President’s one government approach to policy formulation because it will align and consolidate all legislation that govern use of land across all sectors of the economy. All legislation affecting land use will be harmonized and aligned to reflect the Policy.
For example your excellency, we do not have a single definition of riparian land as Government, under the Physical planning Act in my Ministry it’s defined as land which falls in the proximity of a a water body, a minimum of ten metres from the river bank on either side, under the water Act in the Ministry of Water, the minimum distance is three metres from the edge of the river on either side, and under the Survey Act, the property boundary is defined to be at the centerline of the river meaning there is no provision for Riparan land. This is what we need to harmonize your excellency so that the Government can better enforce sustainable use of land.
Ladies and Gentlemen
With the launch of the National Land Use Policy, the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning sends a clear message to all Stakeholders in the Land Sector about the need to balance human settlement, food security needs with responsible exploitation of our environment.
The Policy gives context to our development aspirations at the National and County levels. It anchors the development and realization of the National Spatial plan and County Specific Spatial Plans. The Spatial Plans aim at creating balanced and integrated development across the country.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Land is a finite resource. With competing interests such as rapid urbanization, population density, land fragmentation, diminishing agricultural land and encroachments on fragile Ecosystems, it behooves all of us to adopt sustainable land use practices. This policy provides the framework to guide and inform such sustainable practices.
With the reality of climate change, we must do all it takes for us to bequeath future generations with a sustainable environment. The Policy gives the framework for many other land uses such as afforestation, environmental management and agroforestry.
Ladies and Gentlemen
The National Land Use Policy provides parameters to anchor the four priority economic pillars of the Government which are Manufacturing, Food Security, affordable Housing and universal Health care.
I wish to thank our development partners for their support and professional advice in the preparation of this Policy. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have been true partners in the journey leading to the production of this policy document. I thank you and others who have assisted us in getting to this point.
As we launch this policy today, I wish to call upon all relevant government ministries, departments, agencies, County Governments and the people of our great Nation to embrace the statements of intent in the Land use Policy for better coordination and facilitation of the Land Use practices in Kenya.
Nairobi, Tuesday 24th April, 2018 … Lands CS, Ms. Farida Karoney says Kenya is committed to adopting appropriate policies and reforms in the land sector to comply with the global agenda.
The Lands CS stressed the importance of the ongoing digitization of land records and establishment of a secure National Land Information Management Systems. “This is critical to ensure accountability in the way we manage land as Government.” She said.
Ms. Karoney spoke on Tuesday when she opened the 7th a four day Global Land tool Network (GLTN) Partners meeting at the UN headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi.
“These land reforms aim at unlocking Kenya’s economic potential.” Said Ms. Karoney.
The land CS said that the four day meeting took place at the opportune time when the country is undertaking many reforms in the land sector.
She said that her Ministry have robust pieces of legislation which include the Land Act, 2012, Land Registration Act 2012 and the Community Land Act 2016. “The regulations and rules to operationalize some of the provisions of these laws have been gazetted and are now awaiting the approval by parliament.” Said Ms. Karoney.
The lands CS said that Community Land Act comes along with innovations on how to recognize community land rights and control over natural resources.
She said that land is an enabler to support manufacturing, access to affordable and decent housing, universal health care, food security and nutrition.
“These are policy programmes that the Government has committed to deliver to the people.” Added Ms. Karoney.
Ms. Karoney said that Land is a critical driver in urban development through regulating access to land and use to achieve security of tenure for all.
Other key speakers at the meeting include: the Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat, Dr. Aisa Kacyira; Netherlands Government Foreign Ministry official, Frits van den Wall and GLTN International Advisory Board chair, Brenda Muntemba of the Zambian High Commission.
The meeting brings together more than 170 partners from around the globe among them; Nepal, Phillipines, Uganda, DR Congo, Zambia, Sudan and Iraq.
The objectives of the meeting include: Reflecting on the key achievements of the GLTN partnership in addressing land tenure: successes, lessons learnt and challenges.
The theme of the meeting is “Together, Moving Tenure Security for all to the next level”.
Some of the GLTN meeting sessions include to: Holistically discuss women’s land rights and scaling up promising initiatives in both rural and urban contexts; the development of the Land Administration curriculum in Universities and the Research and Training, urban, rural, Professional, multilateral and Bilateral clusters.
Joseph K. Mwangi