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.
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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.
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