President Kenyatta Kicks Off Issuance Of 1 Million Title Deeds
NNN: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday inaugurated the latest phase of the national land title issuance program which will see the immediate issuance of one million land titles to landowners across the country.
In issuing 200 land titles to signal the start of the program at the Nairobi International Convention Center (KICC), President Kenyatta directed the Cabinet Secretaries for Land and the Interior to put together a program that will engage other Cabinet Secretaries in balance issuance. of property titles ready to quickly execute the exercise.
“Today, we are launching and marking the issuance of 1 million of the 6 million titles that are ready in the records of the various counties.
“The program must be executed in an expeditious manner such that before sunset on July 8, 2022, the balance of one million title deeds will have been delivered to their title holders,” President Kenyatta ordered.
At the same time, the President highlighted various achievements of reforms in the land sector, noting that the National Titling program, which his administration introduced in 2013, has helped process and issue property titles to many citizens.
“As part of this program, we established the National Titling Center, the Fast Track Initiative, Land Clinics, and formed links with land-buying companies and county governments. These progressive measures were reinforced by better hiring of technical staff and the deployment of other critical resources, including motorized vehicles and inspection teams,” he said.
The Head of State noted that the national land title issuance program has made it possible for Kenyans living in marginalized areas such as Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit counties to legally own land, allowing them to develop economically.
“I am honored to have been the president who handed over a property title to the first female land owner in Marsabit; a feat that was unthinkable a decade ago when it was culturally held that women could not own land title,” said the President.
President Kenyatta also noted that under the National Title Scheme, all beneficiaries living in former colonial villages, such as those in Nyandarua, received title deeds while the issue of protracted group ranch land cases was addressed. in all the country.
“This program has brought hope where there was fear and despair; we have healed wounds and resolved the phenomena of protracted and acrimonious territorial disputes throughout the country; in places like Kihiu Mwiri in Murang’a, Nyakinyua in Trans Nzoia, Mikanjuni in Kilifi, group ranches in Kajiado, Narok and Samburu, among others,” said President Kenyatta.
The President added that, through the program, the Government has been able to secure the country’s natural resources and heritage sites that were under threat of expropriation.
“In addition, we have secured our natural resources and heritage sites such as the Mau Forest, Nairobi National Park, City Park and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, among others, by issuing title deeds,” he added.
The Government is also documenting land belonging to public institutions, while the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning, working with partners in the education sector, has managed to title plots of land belonging to 20,000 schools and survey 32,000 public schools.
President Kenyatta said his commitment to establishing an efficient, transparent and accountable land administration and management system saw the development and launch of the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS), commonly known as “Ardhisasa”, which has simplified electronic land transactions.
He cited the example of the drastic reduction in the time needed to transact land from a minimum of six months per transaction to 48 hours through Ardhisasa as some of the achievements of the new system.
“Similarly, instead of taking one to three months to do a land search, the system gives you land search results in 3 to 5 minutes,” he said.
The Head of State also noted that the 2016 Community Land Law he signed is a progressive law as it allows local communities to legally register and own communal land.
He said that previously an estimated 3.5 million people had been unable to register their communal land which covered approximately 150,000 square miles or 67% of Kenya’s land mass, but with the new law they have been able to legally own their land successfully. .
“Following this progressive legislation, we have been able to issue titles for group ranches in Laikipia, Samburu, Kajiado, West Pokot and Taita Taveta, an effort that has benefited more than 500,000 people,” said President Kenyatta.
It revealed that the national government has been able to support decentralized units and decentralized land administration services by publishing an additional 10 registries in Kajiado West, Kajiado South (Loitoktok), Yatta, Mutomo, Samburu, Malindi, Ruiru, Tigania West, Marimanti and Kiritiri, raising the total number of registrations nationwide to an all-time high of 67.
“Furthermore, we are in the process of building 10 additional registers to promote efficient service delivery in Hola, Kitui, Mbeere, Bomet, Ol Kalou, Naivasha, Nandi, Ruiru, Laikipia and Samburu. The construction of these new registries will greatly contribute to facilitating the decentralization of the Ministry’s services”, said the President.
Lands CS Farida Karoney said that her ministry has been able to achieve the goals set by the president through the reforms implemented that have facilitated the registration of 6,100,945 new land titles.
“This is a very significant number because you will be happy to know that the colonial government and our first three administrations recorded 6 million, so it slightly exceeded the 6 million recorded in the last 100 years,” Lands CS said.
Also present at the event were the Chief of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua, Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior) and Eugene Wamalwa (Defense) among other senior Government officials.
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