All land records to be digitised by year 2020, says CS Karoney

The ongoing automation of the land records will be completed by 2020, Lands Cabinet secretary Farida Karoney has said. The CS said the digitisation for Nairobi county’s land registry will be complete in two months’ time.

Eighty more personnel have been hired to expedite the process at the Nairobi station. “We have already recruited 80 people at our Nairobi station to assist in the process. We expect to complete the exercise in all the 52 stations countrywide by 2020.

This will improve registration, with most of the transactions being done online,” the CS said yesterday when she toured the station at the Survey of Kenya. When fully operational, land searches, assessments and submission of documents will be done online, reducing the time spent chasing paperwork, while significantly reducing face-to-face interactions.

The CS cited manual, paperwork-based transactions for Kenya’s low-ranking in cross-border trade. She said the reforms will ensure more efficient ways of setting up businesses and resolving disputes.

Meanwhile, Lands ministry officials will on Monday next week, tour Mount Elgon in a bid to resolve the Chepyuk II and III land disputes that are traceable to the 1930s. The tour, the minister said, had been informed by renewed killings in the area that have left tens of people dead and dozens of families displaced.

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