Nairobi’s Central Land Registry is set to go live on ArdhiSasa National Land Management System at the end of July.
In order to digitize land records, the Central Land Registry was permanently closed last year. As a result, it will now reopen on the ArdhiSasa National Land Management System (NLIMS) at the end of July. The Cabinet Secretary for Lands and Physical Planning, Ms. Farida Karoney, said that 64,000 of the 84,000 land parcels that had already been gazetted and were slated to move to the Land Registration Act 2012 had reached maturity while speaking at an alumni forum at Strathmore University on "The Digitalization of Land Records in Kenya."
"According to the law, we must wait 90 days before closing the old register and switching to the new one. The 64,000 are being processed right now so that the second registry in Nairobi can launch. The transition is a step in the process of removing all parcels from the purview of the statutes that have been repealed in order to bring them under the 2012 Land Registration Act.
Dr. Francis Kariuki, a lecturer at the Strathmore University Law School and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, addressed the forum and noted that previous land commissions had described the Kenyan land administration system as "inefficient, corrupt, and archaic," necessitating the current digitalization reforms.
He noted that the National Land Policy of 2009, which urges "the consolidation, harmonisation and streamlining of all registration statutes for clarity and the reduction of bureaucratic bottlenecks," was in line with the digitalization of land administration. The beauty of this is that, once all the other registers are closed, confusion and disorder—both of which parallel registers encourage—are eliminated. Some people register the same piece of land up to five times under various registration regimes with the intention of defrauding Kenyans, according to Ms. Karoney.
The change is the result of the CS's earlier announcement that all land titles registered under the old laws, such as the Indian Transfer of Property Act of 1882, the Government Lands Act (Cap.280), the Registration of Titles Act (Cap.281), the Land Titles Act (Cap.282), and the Registered Land Act, would soon be replaced (Cap.300).
“The Nairobi registry and the central registry are the two registries in Nairobi. The central registry is pending, but the Nairobi registry is active. We need to complete this registry's migration before the gazette notice period expires”, she said.
The CS recalled that only 19,000 land parcels were on the ArdhiSasa platform when the Nairobi Registry launched last year, but that number is now expected to surpass 60,000. Although she expressed regret that the Ministry's stringent data interrogation and verification protocol had angered some members of the public, she insisted that it was necessary to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and completeness of the information provided on the system.
“Over the years we have corrupted our data to the extent that it is taking so long to separate the wheat from the chaff. Many are the instances that you will hear a customer saying that the system is not working, yet the issue is either the information on your land parcel is not complete, is not accurate, or the land was acquired fraudulently. If you have land on the runway of JKIA, how can we make it available for you to transact?”
In order to ensure effectiveness, transparency, and justice in the administration of records and transactional services in the land sector, the CS noted that the transition was essential. The cadaster is one of this system's crucial services, she said. "We are required by the Land Registration Act to geo-reference our property. This necessitates the need for coordinates that identify a specific land parcel.
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