James Wakahiu @PeopleDailyKe
The government has been urged to create a comprehensive land data bank where Kenyans can get useful information on the properties they want to acquire. Urithi Housing Cooperative’s Marketing Director Kevin Manjau Muthuri says such a data bank would help fight land fraud within the Lands ministry and restore confidence in the land and housing sector.
“The history of all land in Kenya should be made available online,” he said. Muthuri said Parliament should move with speed and streamline the laws governing land ownership and also hasten issuance of title deeds to genuine landowners.
“This will greatly help in the fight against land fraud,” said the director. He noted that title deeds are the only document that guarantee land ownership. “The Ministry of Lands should fully digitise its operations in tandem with current economic developments,” he added.
Muthuri was speaking to over 400 members of Urithi who were on fact-finding tour of the society’s Konza Prime Gardens land near the proposed Konza technopolis city in Makueni county.
The project has been subdivided into eighth of an acre (50ft by 100ft) plots that are being sold at Sh395,000 each. Muthuri commended the government for starting the Konza Digital City, which has already led to the opening up of the area.
Konza Prime Gardens is located near the SGR and the upcoming Konza City – Kajiado bypass. “With this techonopolis investment where the government has put up huge development initiative and infrastructure development, the city will be a regional economic hub.
This is why Urithi has struggled to ensure that its members get a stake here so that they can align themselves with the expected returns be realised after completion of the city,” he said. To purchase a plot, members will place a deposit of Sh200,000 and pay the balance in four months. Alternatively, one can get a loan from Urithi Premier Sacco, Muthuri said.