Tuesday, 09 March 2021 14:00

GOVERNORS AND MINISTRY AGREE ON THE ROLL-OUT OF THE NATIONAL LAND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO COUNTIES

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County Governments want inclusion in the technical team developing the National Land Information Systems NLIS. The Chairperson of the Urban Development, Housing, and Planning, Energy, Infrastructure and Lands committee at the Council of Governors H.E Lee Kinyanjui said the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning should fast track the registration process so that all Public Land belonging to County Governments are registered under the devolved units. He proposed a team from the Council of Governors to be incorporated in the technical team developing the National Land Information Systems and registration process.
H.E Kinyanjui said this will ensure the County Governments' concerns are addressed and leases for all Public Land belonging to the County Governments have County Governments as the lessors and rent paid to the County Governments.
“I would like to call upon the CS Lands to speed up this process, because we need to know all details to enable the recovery of all public land within our counties that have been grabbed. I also suggest a team representing the counties to be incorporated so as to ensure fairness in addressing our issues”, he said.
H.E Kinyanjui was speaking during a high level consultative meeting held at a Nairobi hotel that brought together representatives from the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, the European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Council of Governors. The meeting explored the way forward on the Implementation of the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS) in Counties.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman Council of Governors, H.E Martin Wambora welcomed the initiative saying it will enhance transparency in land records, streamline land management issues by offering a single window to handle land records, maintenance and update of maps, survey and registration of property.
“On behalf of counties I welcome this initiative by the ministry to digitize all land records in the Country and modernize the land management system so as to avoid the perennial complaints about land documents going missing at the Ministry, “said H.E Wambora.
The NLIMs is a culmination of several unsuccessful attempts to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in land transactions that began in 2002.
Also present at the meeting were the Vice Chair H.E James Ongwae, CS Lands and Physical Planning Ms.Faridah Karoney, PSs Mr. Enoch Onyango and Dr. Nicholas Muranguri and CAS Hon. Alex Mburi .
CS Lands and Physical Planning Ms. Faridah Karoney, said the NLIMS comprises of sub-systems that would support all processes usually encountered in land administration and management including but not limited to guaranteeing land tenure rights, documenting responsibilities, restrictions and risks, valuation and taxation, property registration and land use regulation in relation to a particular parcel of land (plot).
“I believe that this system coupled with the lessons learnt from Nairobi County Government on the digitization process should inform the roll out of the system to other 46 Counties”, she said The meeting comes after a subsequent one by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning and County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) In charge of Lands and Physical Planning and the County Directors In charge of Physical and Land Use Planning.

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