Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has assured Kenyans that the ongoing digitization of records at the Ministry of Lands will ease property registration process.
Karoney addressing a stakeholder’s forum at a Nairobi Hotel yesterday said all security measures of ensuring safety of the documents will be put in place and members of the public should trust the system.
She noted that the Ministry of Lands started testing a process of making it easier to register land property in Nairobi County from 73 days to 12 days and the system has proved it is possible.
“Our aspiration is to make property registration process possible within 24 hours which will make Kenya the first in Africa since Mauritius is still ahead of Kenya,” said the CS. “With the best internet penetration in the Country there is no other good reason that will keep us behind from making it easier for every Kenyan to do business,” she added.
The Lands CS said the process of digitizing records is fast gaining success after bringing on board a joint mapping team that comprises of Multi-Agency state departments, which will make it possible for Kenyans to realize transformation in property registration process.
Karoney said the Ease of Doing Business in Kenya averaged 101 from 2008 until 2018, where Kenya was ranked 61 last year according to the World Bank annual ratings. “Kenya can do better than the best Countries like New Zealand globally as we target 24 hours in property registration process,” she noted.
The CS maintained that the Ministry’s plans to close the Central Land Registry within the current financial year is still on course and beginning July 2019 all land transactions will be carried out within their respective Counties and Sub Counties.
She noted that Nairobi Registry will serve Nairobi County only as the rest of the files will be transferred to their respective Counties and Sub-Counties.
Karoney also challenged the legal professionals dealing with land property to reach out to their clients as the Ministry has continued to record high number of uncollected documents which might risk transfer of the same to the national archives.
Similarly, the PS for Lands Dr. Nicholas Muraguri speaking during the same event noted that the digital process will provide a clean environment in land transaction as the cumbersome steps will now be carried out online.
The PS said the system will promote transparency and it is geared in restoring sanity in land transactions and property ownership across the country.
“We are working closely with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure the system has got no single loopholes and ensure it improves service delivery to our clients,” said Dr. Muraguri
By Nelly Kosgey
The Estate Agents Registration Board Tuesday held a Half-day workshop at a Nairobi hotel for registered estate agents and relevant stakeholders.
The workshop whose theme was “Re-positioning Estate Agency Practice in Kenya” was opened by Lands CAS, Hon. Gideon Mung’aro.
In his remarks, the Lands CAS said that following the rapid expansion of real estate transactions in the country,there has been an increased demand for professional services in the sector;and hence infiltration of quacks causing loss of money and property by unsuspecting members of society.
In her remarks, the chair of the Estate Agents Registration Board (EARB),Ms Nelly Mbugua said that the board was committed towards promoting and protecting the interests of consumers as well as cultivating public confidence. Ms Mbugua said the revised Real Estate Agency legal framework is meant to regulate the sector.
A recent Economic Survey showed that the real estate sector is the second largest contributor to the growth of the economy,at 10.6%, preceding taxes on products at 12.0%. According to the Survey,there were over Kshs.85B worth of private building works approved and completed in Nairobi alone.The total number of private buildings issued with certificate of occupancy increased by 9.7 per cent from 10,268 in 2016 to 11,202 in 2017.
Lands and Physical Planning CS, Farida Karoney has emphasized on
the importance of the strengthening the capacity of counties to plan for urbanization
and effective public land use planning in economic development.
She spoke on Wednesday during the unveiling of 8-billion program by the British
Government through the UKAID urgency to support sustainable urbanization in Kenya.
The five-year (2018-2022) “Sustainable Urban Economic Development” (SUED) program
aims at among other things improving the investment climate and business
environment reforms in Kenya.
“There is a lot that can be done with this money, it’s one and a half times the budget
allocated to the Lands Ministry and with these funds we can plan our counties better to
be competitive,” said CS Karoney.
She said that the Ministry has formulated the National Spatial Plan (NSP) and National
Land Use Policy (NLUP) as critical policy frameworks.
“The policies will provide necessary guidance to county governments in formulation of
responsive County spatial plans as well as integrated Urban Development Plans.” Said
the Lands CS.
CS Karoney said that demands for critical infrastructure in the country were on the
On his part, the British High Commissioner to Kenya Nick Hailey said that Kenya has
reached a high-income status without proper urbanization.
Hailey further noted that the UK funded program looks to diversify and create
opportunities for the fast growing counties that have been historically marginalized in
“The money is set to bring at par regions that have been left out, this funds seeks to
aid in the proper planning and strategic placement of these counties,” said Hailey.
Counties will have to register for the funds before they are taken through a selection
process, only then will the 10 counties be picked before the December 10 deadline.
Selected counties will be provided with urban economic planners to help develop and
integrate sustainable plans to spur inclusive growth hubs to help address regulatory
constrains to the private sector.
The program has four phases where the counties will be selected, then the counties will
priorities their agenda followed by investments in the projects.
JOSEPH K. MWANGI
HEAD PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
Dr.Muraguri and his team from the Ministry Friday visited Kitui County and held consultative forums to address any challenges that may be hindering Titling in the County.
Kitui Governor,Mrs Charity Ngilu led local leaders in the consultations which deliberated on various issues touching on land matters in the County.
The program whose aim is to fast-track titling across the country was launched in Laikipia County in December,last year by Lands CS,Ms Farida Karoney.
Nairobi Friday 26th October 2018… Inauguration of the Physical Planners Registration Board…The National Director of Physical Planning, Mr. Augustine Masinde last month opened the inaugural Physical Planners Registration Board workshop at a Nairobi hotel.
The workshop drew planners from public and private sectors across the country.
The theme of the event was ‘Continuous Professional Development.’
Mr. Masinde said that development control operates via instruments that are in constitutional, policy and legal context.
“All development applications should be conceded based on existing approved plans, zoning and lands use policies and planning principles.” said the National Director for Physical Planning.
He said that development control cuts across a number of development proposals which meet the specified criteria as defined in the spatial planning Act Cap 286.
The Physical Planners Registration Act, Cap 536 regulates the physical Planning Practice as per the Physical Planning Act, Cap 286. Section 3 of the Physical Planners Registration Act, Cap 536 establishes the Physical Planners Registration Board which is mandated to;
- Register all eligible persons to practice as Physical Planners in accordance with the provisions of the Act
- Set and conduct examinations for purposes of registration of Physical Planners
- Verify the qualifications and eligibility of the applicants seeking registration with the Board
- Enquire into the professional misconduct of a member and institute disciplinary proceedings against such member in accordance with the provisions of the Act
The Physical Planners Registration Board Consists of nine (9) members nominated from the Public Sector (National and County), University of Nairobi Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Architectural Association of Kenya (Town Planners Chapter) who are appointed by the Cabinet secretary as per the provisions of the Schedule of the Act.
BY JOSEPH KAMUTU MWANGI
HEAD/PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
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