Kenya committed to adopting appropriate reforms to comply with global agenda, CS Karoney

Nairobi, Tuesday 24 th 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 7 th 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.

Joseph K. Mwangi
Head/Public Communications

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Sectional Properties Act

Nairobi, Friday 20 th April, 2018 …The Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning will next week kick off a Public education exercise to sensitize members of the public on Amendments to the “Sectional Properties Act” of 1987.
The “Sectional Property Act” was enacted in 1987 and become operational on 1 st April 1990.
The exercise will begin in Kisumu on 24 th April followed by Eldoret on 26 April and Mombasa on 3 rd May respectively.
The Lands Ministry is in the process of reviewing the sectional properties act of 1987 to align it with the constitution and the new land laws.
Lands CAS Hon. Gideon Mung’aro disclosed this on Tuesday during a one day Public Participation Forum on Amendments to “Sectional Properties Act,” in Nairobi.
The Stakeholder Consultative Forum attracted among others Estate Agents, Surveys, Valuers, Lawyers, Land Registrars and Physical Planners.
Hon Mung’aro said that Housing which is part of the big four agenda calls for harmonization of existing laws governing urban development factors

and housing delivery in order to promote low and middle income housing units and also enhancement of security of tenure through issuance of proper ownership document.
The Lands CAS said that the reason for amending the Act is to allow for creation of sectional titles in respect of land previously registered under any repealed land laws.
“Article 43(1) (b) of the Act says every person has the right to accessible and adequate housing and to reasonable standard of sanitation.” Said Hon. Mung’aro.
The Lands CAS said that if implemented the Act will go a long way to give effect to this right.
He added that the Act provides for registration of the sectional units as well as management of common areas.
An Inter-Ministerial committee under the Chairmanship of the Ministry’s Chief Legal Counsel Ms. Terry Gathagu has been collecting comments and views that will inform the intended Amendments to the Act.
Ms. Gathagu said that the stakeholder’s views are very important in enriching the process.
The Sectional Properties Act 1987 can be accessed through the ministries website www.ardhi.go.ke and Kenya law reform website www.kenyalaw.org.

Joseph K. Mwangi
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Fast track approval of regulations to operationalize the new land laws, Karoney urges Parliament

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.

 

Head/Public Communications                                                                                     Joseph K. Mwangi

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LIMS Launch by Lands Ministry

Nairobi, Thursday 29 TH MARCH 2018 …Lands Ministry to roll out a new Land Information Management System (LIMS)…The Ministry of Lands will on Tuesday (3 rd April 2018) roll out the highly anticipated Land Information Management Systems. (LIMS) Core Lands Ministry staff together with members of key stakeholders have already been trained and sensitized on how the new system operates.
The Ministry in conjunction with the Government Digital Payment (GDP) this week carried out a sensitization exercise for members of both the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya Bankers Association. (KBA) Both organizations are key stakeholders in the land sector and will be enabled to have access to the new Land Information Management System.
The Ministry had for two weeks closed both the Nairobi and Central registries at Ardhi House to enable the clean-up of land records and validation of Data.

The Coordinator of GDP Mr. Nick Wambugu says that the system will improve response time, service provision and to eliminate fraud. Mr. Wambugu says that LIMS would benefit public programs such as land planning, infrastructure development and maintenance, environmental protection and resource management, emergency services and social
service programs.
He said that the system provides a base for land markets, development, and other economic activity.
The following services are expected to go online:

  • Transfer of Ownership (transfer of Lease and transfer of Land)
  • Issuance of Consent (for transfer, charge, further charge), this
    request will be created automatically upon application for transfer of
    ownership
  • Valuation requests – this will be created automatically upon
    application for transfer of ownership
  • Payment and Issuance of Land Rent Clearance Certificate.
  • All payments (Payment of Stamp Duty, Registration Fees, Consent
    Fees)
  • Application and withdrawal of Caution/Caveats/Restrictions
  • Registration of Land Documents
  • Searches (Nairobi and Central Registries)

All Property Owners within Nairobi with Titles under the Registered Land Act (Repealed) and Registration of Titles Act (Repealed) who wish to make transactions on their Land are required to access their Land details online
and initiate transactions.
First, they have to confirm that their Land is listed in their profile under the ‘Manage Property’ menu by logging into LIMS via the eCitizen portal, if it is not, then they need to validate it.

Customers are required to click on ‘Make Application’, ‘Verify your Title’ and then ‘Authenticate your Title’ by uploading a copy of it and any other additional documents that they may have.
Once their Land details are approved at the Registry, a link to their Land will be done and they will be able to access it under ‘Manage Property’ and make an application against it.
The Ministry is calling on citizens to process their transactions online to
ensure they get quality services.

Joseph K. Mwangi
Head/Public Communications Unit

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