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Space technology boosts issuance of title deeds

The ongoing issuance of title deeds in several counties has been made possible by adoption of space technology. So far, three million title deeds have been given out.

Lands and Physical Planning CS Prof Jacob Kaimenyi says the Kenya National Titling Programme has been made possible by the use of space technology where high-resolution satellite imageries are used to ascertain registration of property boundary rights.

Prof Kaimenyi said the Lands ministry has benefited greatly from the development of space technology, especially on the geospatial data acquisition and processing.

“The ministry has been able to issue title deeds with accurate mapping details through the use of this technology,” he said. The ministry will be incorporating the technology to get accurate information on land mapping.

“Satellites have allowed the ministry to study oceans, the atmosphere, clouds, weather, rainforests, deserts, cities, ice and the planet in general,” said the Lands CS.

The latest 8,688 title deeds were issued in Meru and Makueni counties as part of a State programme to give as many Kenyans as possible the document. In Meru Kaimenyi issued 4,500 title deeds to residents at Uru grounds in Tigania West.

The CS said the government had waived survey and registration fees. And in Makueni, Lands PS, Dr Nicholas Muraguri who was in a company of Health CS, Dr Cleophas Mailu, issued another 4,188 title deeds to residents of Masongaleni and Kinyambu settlement schemes.

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