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Bill seeks to digitise Lands services in Kenya

NAIROBI
By David Njaaga | April 26th 2016

Lands services could soon be available at a one-stop shop if a proposed law is passed.
Just like Huduma Centre, a bill drafted by the Ministry of Lands proposes that all development-related licensing be done online.

Lands Principal Secretary Paul Mwangi yesterday said the bill dubbed the ‘Building Levies Act’, is in its final stages awaiting Cabinet approval.
“It is my hope that the formation of a centralised centre will go a long way in reducing corruption and enhancing delivery timelines, especially in the land sector,” said Prof Mwangi.

Once the centre has been put in place, Kenyans will be able to access information relating to property ownership, building permits and procurement of buildings among others.
He said the presence of a centralised service point would also reduce the human interface and brokers, who are associated with corruption cases.
“The system will be very professional. No middle men will be allowed as services will work with no delays,” he added.
He revealed the ministry is currently conducting a pilot project in Nairobi, after which the project will kick off nationally.

This comes a few years after the ministry digitised most of its registries countrywide.

The PS said out of 56 registries, 10 have already been digitised. They include Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

National Lands Commission CEO Tom Chavangi said they have allocated close to Sh4.5 billion that will go a long way in management and digitisation of land registries in the country.

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