Digitisation of Nairobi and Central land registries begins

Written By: John Kioria/Margaret Kalekye
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The records will be scanned and erroneous data cleaned up to allow for online access.

Nairobi and Central land registries will remain shut for the next two weeks as the Ministry of Land embarks on a digitization process of land documents.

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Lands Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney says the decision to close the two offices aims at facilitating the scanning and data collection in readiness for online processing.

The records will be scanned and erroneous data cleaned up to allow for online access.

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Effectively after the completion of the process countrywide, a Kenyan who wants to buy property can do an online search.

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The details will be available on the E –Citizen website with services such as the transfer of ownership, issuance of consent to transfer, creation of valuation requests among others.

Last month, the new CS announced that her ministry will ensure the process of digitisation is fully implemented to reduce loopholes for corruption in the country.

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She said there was need to build partnership with various stakeholders, state agencies, private sectors among others in addressing land issues being the most important asset available to Kenyans.

Speaking when she received the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Examination Report on Systems, policies, procedures and practices of the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning, Karoney said the report will help reduce land injustices.

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“Our Ministry is committed to working together with different stakeholders, including the private sectors and the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) to find better ways of embracing technology in digitizing record keeping, financial transactions among other issues related to land,” said Karoney.

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