Uhuru: We are focused on improving land processes

The Government’s target to issue 3 million title deeds to Kenyans within the next three years is on course, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

He said following the directive to clean the land registry in Nairobi through digitization, the Ministry of Lands managed to retrieve, record and reshelf 1.3 million files.

“We decided to improve management and use technology to ensure Kenyans receive effective and efficient services,” President Kenyatta said.

The President was speaking  Monday at the Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping where he and Deputy President William Ruto toured the National Titling Centre to assess the progress of the implementation of phase 2 of the digitization of issuance of title deeds. The process links survey with adjudication and registration.

He commended the Ministry of Lands for digitizing the lands record, saying the move has ensured transparency and speed in land transactions.

“The reduction of the number of days taken to register property and other land transactions has a major multiplier effect on the economy,” President Kenyatta said.

The President added that the Government’s move to improve efficiency in service delivery is also applied to other agencies including the State Law office and the Mombasa port were significant improvement has been realized.

On security, President Kenyatta said the country needs to move in one direction towards peace, unity and growth instead of division.

“For us, the most important thing is that Kenyans should unite. The country must also have peace and security. These are critical ingredients for any country to achieve development and economic growth,” President Kenyatta said.

Acknowledging the security challenges the country is facing, the President said the Government is focused on addressing them.

Speaking during the occasion, the Deputy President expressed optimism that the digitization of land transactions will reduce bureaucracy and corruption that were resulting from complicated processes.

The Deputy President, at the same time, warned that no one will be allowed to put Government land to personal use.

“Those who think they can use unorthodox means to possess Government land illegally by use of violent means against other Kenyans must forget it,” the Deputy President said.

He pointed out that the digitization of the lands records will ensure that Kenyans can easily audit land transactions and interrogate corrupt processes.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu disclosed that the re-organization of land registries has reduced turn-around time in registration of property from 73 days to 16 days.

“We have increased the number of clients we were serving by over 10 per cent in the different sections,” Ms Ngilu said.

The Lands Cabinet Secretary said with increased efficiency at her Ministry, annual revenue has increased from 9.9 Kshs 11.3 billion last financial year.