Land registries to go digital in six months

Automation of land registries will be completed in six months, Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has said.

Ngilu said the digitisation, which seeks to improve service delivery in the registries, will enable Kenyans access records without physically walking to lands offices.

“We should be practical and use approaches that will see immediate owners feel the impact. These include registration of titles and security of tenure, service improvement through modernisation and automation of registries and the implementation of the Constitution through operationalising the laws and policies,” said the CS.

Speaking in Nairobi during the national stakeholders’ consultative forum on land reforms, Ngilu said the issue of reforms has been the centre of most struggles in the country.

Ngilu declared that the lands ministry has reorganised six registries in Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa.

The nationwide exercise will prepare the registries for digitisation of records and development of land information management system. The CS reiterated that land has continued to be a source of problems instead of being a source of wealth and a resource upon which people prosper. “We have continued to witness families and communities clash over land with devastating outcomes. We will solve 50 per cent of the issues in the next three years through land adjudication processes and issuance of land title deeds,” added Ngilu.

She announced that her ministry has set up a modern title production centre in Ruaraka, which produces 14, 000 titles per day. The CS said among the problems the country faces on land matters include cases of people not having titles and others living as squatters.