Kenya committed to adopting appropriate reforms to comply with global agenda, CS Karoney

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

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Fast track approval of regulations to operationalize the new land laws, Karoney urges Parliament

Nairobi, Friday 13th April 2018 …Fast track approval of regulations to operationalize the new land laws, Karoney urges Parliament … A workshop organized by the Lands Ministry to brief parliament on the new Land Laws has ended at a Mombasa hotel over the weekend, with the Lands Cs, Ms Farida Karoney calling on parliament to fast-track the approval of regulations to operationalize the new Land laws by June 15th as directed by the court.

Ms Karoney said Parliament was a key stakeholder in facilitating the land reforms and more so a key partner in helping to tackle many challenges facing the lands sector.

The Lands Cs spoke when she made an opening presentation on land laws, rules and regulations, to the Parliamentary Committee on Delegated Legislation chaired by Hon Gladys Shollei.

Hon. Shollei was represented by a member of the Committee, Hon George Gitonga who is the MP of Tharaka.

“Land use and management is governed by: The Land Act, the land Registration Act, and the Community Land Act, which were enacted pursuant to the constitution of Kenya, 2010.” Said the lands Cs.

The lands CS also appealed the parliament to fast-rack enactment of Physical Planning Bill No. 34 of 2017 and Land Value Index (Amendment) Bill.

She called on parliament to support full implementation of National Land Use Policy and National Spatial Plan.

“National Land Use Policy provides legal, administrative, institutional and technological framework for optimal utilization of land.” Said the land CS.

And in his remarks, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Hon. Gideon Mung’aro thanked the MPs for supporting the ongoing digitization exercise at the Ministry.

Hon. Mung’aro added that the existing good working relationship between parliament and the lands Ministry would help transform the lands sector.

On their part, the MPs expressed their support towards the ongoing digitization program.

They said the initiative would go a long way in helping to eliminate land cartels and hence cub cases of fraud.

In a related development, the lands CS met the Senate Committee on Land, Environment & Natural Resources during inaugural retreat also held at a Mombasa hotel.

She asked the Senate to encourage counties to allocate adequate funds to undertake their physical planning function.

“I appeal to Senate to fast-track enactment of the Physical Planning Bill No. 34 of 2017 to provide the framework to guide the physical planning envisaged,” said Ms. Karoney.

Head/Public Communications                                                                                     Joseph K. Mwangi

 

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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.

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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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