February 2019

Re-positioning Estate Agency Practice in Kenya

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.

Prioritizing Planning in Urban Economic Development…

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
increase.

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
Kenya.
“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

Lands PS,Dr.Nicholas Muraguri leads ‘Wizara Mashinani’ team to Kitui…

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.

November 2018

Inauguration of the Physical Planners Registration Board

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

September 2018

List of shareholders/beneficiaries without parcel numbers.

List of shareholders/beneficiaries without parcel numbers is out.Check it out on the homepage of this website on the beneficiaries search button.

You are requested to visit the Deputy County Commissioners Office- Ruai with your original documents and copies of the same for verification and processing.

August 2018

RCMRD International Conference 2018

PRESS RELEASE

NAIROBI Friday 17th August, 2018… Let us continue including women in our development plans, they lead in a great way, Says Lands and Physical Planning CS, Farida Karoney.

“When you empower women and have them them in positions of influence, you empower communities.” Says Ms. Karoney.

The lands CS spoke this week when she opened the annual Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) International Conference 2018, held at the RCMRD regional headquaters in Kasarani, Nairobi.

Ms. Karoney emphasized on land use planning and land use policy. “These policies address key development challenges that the country is grappling with.” Said the lands CS.

She said that land is a finite resource and policy makers must continue to encourage sustainable land use planning and management.

“We recently launched a National Land use Policy as well the National Spatial Plan, sending a clear message to all Stakeholders about the need to balance human settlement, food security needs with responsible exploitation of our environment.” Said Ms. Karoney.

The lands CS said that the National Land Use Policy gives a context within which we must anchor our development aspirations both at the National and County levels.

She said that the National Spatial Plan policy will streamline land use across the Country. “Implementation of spatial plan and particularly monitoring compliance will require input from earth observation technologies and applications.” Said Ms. Karoney.

She said that her Ministry is actively engaged in modernizing land administration platforms as well as streamlining processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective delivery of land services to citizens and investors in Kenya. “We  aim to enhance transparency and ease of doing business n Kenya.” said the lands CS.

“The Government considers earth observation and space science products and applications as critical in implementing its Big four Agenda, more specifically in Agriculture and food security as well as ensuring access to decent shelter by all Kenyans.” Said the CS.

Ms. Karoney said that the goal of the Government is to see enhanced opportunities for employment and wealth creation for the youth, sustainable use of land and land based resources, safe and livable cities as well as food and economic security.

“It is my hope that RCMRD and their partner’s at this conference will continue to work with Government of Kenya to ensure these skills and capabilities are transferred to our personnel both at National and County government levels.” Said Ms. Karoney.

The Lands CS also launched ISO 9001:2015 and RCMRD eLearning platform at Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development.

In attendance was Chief Administrative Secretary for Lands, Hon. Gideon Mungaro and Director of Administration, Amb. Julius Kandie.

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an inter- governmental organization with 20 member states in Eastern and southern Africa region.

Its mission is to promote development through generation, application and dissemination of Geo-information and allied ICT services and products in member states beyond.

The theme of this years conference is ‘Space Science for Sustainable Development’.

The workshop brought different stakeholders drawn from the academia, applications and software developers, hardware manufacturers, geospatial data producers and vendors, researchers, policy makers and media to promote synergies and complementarities that are essential to transforming science to actual benefits.

 

 

 

Joseph K.Mwangi

Head/ Public Communications

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