The State Department for Lands and Physical Planning has commenced a nationwide initiative to roll out the Cashless Revenue Collection policy.
The initiative is seen as a significant step towards eradicating cash transactions within land offices, which will ultimately reduce embezzlement cases.
Speaking Monday during the flagging off of the programme, Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing, and Urban Development Zachariah Njeru said the Ardhipay system will improve service delivery. “We are doing this because we want to improve service delivery to our citizens. The State Department for Lands and Physical Planning has really worked to see that Kenyans are served fast and efficiently,” said Njeru.
In his remarks, Principal Secretary for Lands and Physical Planning Nixon Korir said the programme will ensure that no cash is involved in land transactions. “We want to go cashless in all our registries nationwide in 14 days, starting today. For the last three weeks, we have rolled out cashless at Ardhi House, and it is working well,” said Korir.
The PS added that the State Department has developed an Ardhipay system that is linked to the E-citizen, which will help in the implementation of the policy. He noted that the policy mandates the use of digital payment methods (MPESA or banks) for all services, fostering accountability, precision, and timely reporting in revenue collection. Implementation in the 18 offices has demonstrated remarkable improvements in revenue collection.
The 18 stations where the cashless policy is already in effect include Wundanyi, Kiambu, Murang’a, Ruiru, Thika, Ngong, Kajiado, Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu, Trans Nzoia, Machakos, Gatundu, Naivasha, Survey of Kenya, Ardhi House, Yatta, and Kisamis.
To expedite this nationwide transition, Korir noted that the State Department will embark on an extensive 14-day exercise to implement the policy in the remaining 76 land offices.
This initiative includes the provision of computers and essential ICT equipment and ensuring that all land offices are well-prepared to implement the policy and embrace the future digitization of land services.
Dedicated field office staff, he added, will receive specialised training in cashless revenue collection, ensuring a smooth transition.
The PS added that public awareness campaigns will also be conducted, educating citizens on the straightforward steps to making payments as well as demonstrating how the public can conveniently utilise the Ardhisasa platform for seamless Land Rent payments.
By Catherine Muindi
September 4, 2023
President Afwerki has arrived to attend the inaugural Africa Climate Summit that is being held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center, Nairobi , from today to Wednesday. The Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Dr. Alfred Mutua was present.
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August 31, 2023
The project consists of 220 affordable houses and the Government plans to build another 1000 units in Vihiga County which will also create jobs for the youth.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development Zachariah Njeru were present at the function.
President Dr. William Samoei Ruto this evening led the groundbreaking ceremony of Lurambi affordable housing project in Kakamega County as the Government’s programme to build a minimum of 200,000 affordable housing units progresses.
The initial phase of the project consists of 220 units and the President said it would be expanded to 4,000 houses.
The policy to build 200,000 affordable houses annually is also intended to create jobs and act as an economic stimulus for the Juakali Sector.
President Ruto assured the residents that the Government shall also built 12 more markets in Kakamega County.
The President was accompanied by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development Zachariah Njeru and Housing and Urban Development PS Charles Hinga.
Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa, Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale, Lurambi MP Mukhwana Titus Khamala, Kakamega Women Representative Elsie Muhanda, UDA Secretary General and former Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala were among the leaders who attended the event.
President William Ruto today revealed that the Government will build seven new markets to increase business in nyamira County.
The President made the revelation after inspecting Nyansiongo Market whose construction shall be restarted after it had stalled in the past.
The construction of the over Sh 195 million market started on14th December 2020 but stopped due to several challenges including COVID 19 and unavailability of some materials on site.
The President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development, Zachariah Njeru and Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga.
The market will empower the local farmers and spur economic growth and alleviate poverty levels within the County.
August 24, 2023
President William Samoei Ruto this afternoon issued 8621 title deeds in Kabartonjo in Baringo North. The title deeds issued are for residents from Baringo North, Central and South.
Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development Zachariah Njeru, Lands and Physical Planning PS Generali Nixon Korir were present during the event.
Speaking during the event, President William Ruto said the Government was going to employ other 100 Land valuers to make the titling programme much faster.
” I urge you all, stop the small cases and solve your land issues amongst yourselves. This is what slows the titling programme in the country,” said President William Ruto.
He said the government was also going to build 8 new markets in Baringo county to promote business in the area.
The CS and the PS assured that the Ministry of lands shall work tirelessly to issue title deeds to all land owners in the country.
” We shall be back before the end of the year to issue other 60,000 title deeds in Baringo county,” Said CS Njeru.
Giving the update on the National Titling Programme, PS Korir said in Baringo Central 98 percent of the work on new titles is already done.
The titles issued today include that for Kapkirwok (3,172), Tiloi(2,499), Sagasak(52), Salawa (2), Sogon(121), Sandai (1,539) and Barwessa ‘A’ (1,236).
The titling Programme in Baringo county is going to solve many challenges including insecurity issues in the area.
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen and CS Simon Chelugui (Cooperatives and Micro and Small Enterprise), were present during the event.
Among other leaders who attended were Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, Baringo Senator William Cheptumo,
MP, Baringo North Joseph Makilap, MP Baringo South Charles Kamuren, Mogotio MP Reuben Koborek, Tiaty MP Kamket Kassait, Eldama Ravine MP Musa Sirma and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.
August 23,2023 Nakuru.
President Dr. William Samoei Ruto this afternoon issued 1906 title deeds in Majani Mingi grounds, Rongai Nakuru. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua accompanied the President.
Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development Zachariah Njeru, Lands and Physical Planning Principal Secretary, Generali Nixon Korir were present during the titling event.
Speaking during the event, Lands CS Zachariah Njeru said the government is committed to see that Kenyans benefit from the titling programme.
Njeru reiterated the Government’s effort to demarcate and survey 58 settlement schemes with a total acreage of 97,368.9 hectares, settling over 34,161 households.
“Today we are happy to issue 1906 title deeds to Nakuru residents, 1393 to Lomolo residents and 513 to Majani Mingi residents,” said CS Njeru.
CS Njeru said in Nakuru County, the Government has achieved several milestones with 5 adjudication sections already completed and a total of 3588 title deeds issued.
Speaking while he welcomed the President at the event, Lands PS Generali Nixon Korir thanked the President for the opportunity to serve Kenyans as the PS for Lands and Physical Planning.
“The Kenya Kwanza Government is working tirelessly to see that every Kenyan has a title deed and that they can do business transactions with their own land,” said PS Korir.
Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika,Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja, Rongai MP Paul Kibet Chebor, Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara, Bahati MP Irene Njoki, Subukia MP Samuel Gachobe, MCAs were among other leaders who were present.
Tomorrow, President William Ruto is expected to issue other title deeds at Baringo County.
The President of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya Abraham Samoei today praised the Department for Lands and Physical Planning for its open doors policy and close cooperation with land sector actors.
Mr Samoei, who spoke at Ardhi House, said as President of ISK he had worked with three administrations and he can declare that professionals in the land sector feel better served now.
“I have worked through the past two administrations and we feel happy with the engagements with this administration,” said Mr Samoei.
He spoke in the company of the incoming ISK President Mr Eric Nyadimo when he came to append his signature on the agreement between the Government and land sector stakeholders on sectional properties.
The agreement was signed last week by the Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya Bankers Association.
The officials were also accompanied by the chairman of the Association of Registered Land Surveyors of Kenya Mr Abdulkhadir Khalif.
The surveyor’s bodies were attending a major conference in Mombasa last week but they gave consent for the signing ceremony to proceed.
PS Korir assured the surveyors that his department will always be available to cooperate with stakeholders to better serve Kenyans.
“I want to commit that we will work with you to serve Kenyans better. We will not engage in monologues and pretend to know everything, ” said the PS.
The PS said after the signing of the agreement, he will now issue a circular that will notify the public on when the deal comes into effect and when it lapses.
According to the agreement, owners of sectional properties have now been given a window of six months during which they can obtain title deeds. The moratorium temporarily lifts the requirements for getting apartments to have geo referencing before they can be titled.
The Ministry of Lands today signed a memorandum of undertaking with the Law Society of Kenya, the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya and the Kenya Bankers Association unlocking a bottleneck in the processing of sectional title deeds which had caused the blockage of hundreds billions of shillings in banks.
The agreement now creates an avenue to register sectional properties on conditional basis thereby opening up financial transactions and allowing owners of flats to get individual titles for their property.
LSK President Eric Theuri and Kenya Bankers Association representative Raimond Molenje praised CS Zachariah Njeru and PS Generali Nixon Korir for their dedication and honesty that has seen stakeholders cooperating to resolve challenges.
“We are delighted that the three months consultations we’ve had has born fruits and we are happy for the significant progress made and the challenges solved so far,” said Mr Theuri.
Mr Molenje said the pending transactions related to sectional properties and the the Sh55 billion pending in banks will soon be cleared following the signing of the MOU today.
” I appreciate the Ministry for being transparent. Since the new Government came into office we have seen tremendous changes in bank transactions.
When President William Ruto’s Government came into power a total of close to Sh200 billion of financial transactions were held up in Banks because of issues to do with sectional properties and challenges that faced Ardhisasa users.
Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development Zachariah Njeru and PS Generali Nixon Korir told Members of Parliament that they are making sure they get it right with land digitization process.
The CS and the PS made the statement today when they appeared before the Public Investment Committee on Social Services, Administration, and Agriculture led by Hon. Wangwe Emmanuel.
They told the Committee that land digitization process, if not done right, will not produce the desired results.
They said the digitization process was initially started without involving all stakeholders and that was why when the Government launched the Ardhisasa platform, users experienced delays.
The CS and the PS said the development of an updated and live cadastre is the foundation rock of the automation of land records.
CS Njeru said the State Department of Lands and Physical Planning has now started working with relevant stakeholders in tackling issues and improving the Ardhisasa processes
“In the next few months we will be done with Nairobi and it will help a big deal in that land transactions will be faster and the Government shall generate more revenue,” said CS Njeru.
PS Korir said the process of searching land details using the online system can only work properly when the cadastre is up to date.
Explaining to the Committees’ chairman on why getting searches is a challenge, PS Korir said Land Reference numbers have to be converted to blocks first because Ardhisasa system ingests blocks, and for a search to be successful online, has to be done on the converted parcels.
The PS said the process involves converting land reference numbers to blocks.
“The Ardhisasa system is working in Nairobi, Mombasa island and some parts of Murang’a, we want to roll it out in to other parts of the country but the cadastre is the problem,” said Korir.
PS Korir revealed that initially, Ardhisasa was like an operation by security agencies only and had a lot of hiccups until the stakeholders were brought on board.
Ardhisasa is an online platform that allows citizens, stakeholders and interested parties to interact with land information held and processes undertaken by the Government.
The CS and PS were invited to appraise the Committee on operations of Valuers Registration Board.