Achievements and Progress in the 2019/ 2020 Financial Year
- National Titling
- Policy, Legal and Institutional Reforms
The following achievements were realised:
- The Ministry is developing the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS). This system is designed to enhance security of land records, improve accessibility and cut down cost of land transactions. The system will create an online platform for paperless transactions that are easy, cost effective, efficient and transparent. The Ministry will roll out the pilot phase in the financial year 2020/ 2021.
- Staff are set to undergo change management training in order to support them through the change process, specifically the transition from manual system to the new paperless land administration and information management system.
- The Ministry is committed to conducting regular stakeholder-engagement forums. Some of the key stakeholders include: Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Kenya Bankers Association and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) amongst others. These forums are geared towards initiating collaborative approaches in the implementation of key reforms. They also offer opportunities for feedback on the Ministry’s activities and programmes. Digitisation, like any other technological innovation, is disruptive. The Ministry acknowledges that changes to land management and registration processes will likely have far-reaching impact on many actors inside and outside the Ministry. Other targeted stakeholders include landowners, tax and law-enforcement agencies and interested parties that have a stake in the complex registration transactions. The support and goodwill of these stakeholders is critical to the successful implementation of the programme. These stakeholders need to be engaged to facilitate the transition.
National Land Titling
- The Ministry processed a total of 500,000 title deeds out of which 129,073 were from adjudication sections; 5,446 titles for informal settlements; 286,686 from county registries; 35,360 from Nairobi Registry; 3518 from the school titling programme and 21,444 leases in the 2019/ 2020 Financial Year. The titling programme aims to resolve long-standing land-ownership disputes and uncertainties that have locked out land-owners and businesses from accessing credit facilities from financial institutions. The rapid response programme has seen 5.1 million titles issued in the seven (7) years since 2013 compared to six (6) million issued in the first fifty (50) years of independence.
Policy, Legal and Institutional Reforms
- The Ministry has started the review of Sessional Paper No. 3 of 2009 on National Land Policy. Stakeholder engagement has begun. This review is aimed at aligning the policy document with the Constitution of Kenya. The development of Land Sector Gender Policy is also in progress.
- The Ministry is in the process of implementing the National Land Use Policy. The Ministry will continue reviewing and harmonising existing policies, legal and institutional arrangements and where necessary develop new ones to improve efficiency in land administration and management.
- The Ministry developed regulations to facilitate electronic land transactions. Six sets of these regulations were approved by Parliament.
The Ministry initiated a raft of legal reforms which saw the enactment of a number of laws:
- The Physical and Land Use Planning Act, 2019 came into force on August 5, 2019;
- Land Value (Amendment) Act of August 16, 2019;
- Business Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019 was assented to by the President on March 18, 2020; and
- Sectional Properties Act, 2019 came into force on December 11, 2020.
The Ministry is in the process of implementing Community Land Act, 2016.
- Community Land Registrars have been designated to various registries.
- Public education and awareness has been conducted in twenty-three (23) out of the twenty-four (24) counties that were earmarked for the exercise. 30,000 people were sensitised in this exercise. The target groups included governors, senators, relevant parliamentary committees, members of parliament, civil society organisations, professional bodies, MCAs, county commissioners, deputy county commissioners, assistant county commissioners, chiefs, assistant chiefs in the respective counties and sub-counties.
- Copies of the Community Land Act, 2016 and Regulations were provided during the public education and awareness exercise. Copies of IEC (Information Education and Communication) materials have been produced and distributed to the twenty-four counties.
- Three communities have been successfully registered under this Act. They include Ilingwesi and Musul in Laikipia and Olkeri in Kajiado County
Decentralisation of Land Administration
- The Ministry, in collaboration with the National Treasury, has overseen the construction of four (4) registries: Kitui, Mbeere, Bomet and Ol Kalou. These constructions were completed by December 30, 2019. The construction of these new registries will go a long way in facilitating the decentralisation of the Ministry’s services.
- Contracts have been awarded for construction of land registries in Naivasha, Nandi, Laikipia and Samburu.
- The Ministry has also established and operationalised four (4) new land registries in Ruiru, Kiritiri, Tigania West/Uruu and Marimanti.
- The Ministry allocated Kshs. 200 million to improve the work environment in land offices across the Country under the Wizara Mashinani
Land Parcels Geo –referencing
- Geodetic control points and Continuous Operating Reference Stations have been established to facilitate geo-referencing in Nairobi City County.
Survey and Maintenance of the National and International Boundaries
- The Ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders will continue inspecting and maintaining international boundaries to safeguard integrity and sovereignty of the Nation.
National Land Value Index
- The Ministry, in conjunction other key stakeholders, has embarked on the preparation of National Land Value Index to provide for a credible valuation database for use in investment and land compensation decisions. The Ministry developed value zone maps for Mombasa, Kericho, Bomet, Kisumu, Narok and Nakuru counties that should lead to predictable planning for investment by both the public and private sector.
- The Ministry collected data for five (5) counties – Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru (Larger Nakuru), Machakos and Meru – and inspection is ongoing.
- The Ministry finalised on data collection for creation of sub-markets and production of value maps pending validation of the same by the stakeholders in 11 counties: Nyamira, Kakamega, Garissa, Busia, Bungoma, Vihiga, Lamu, Isiolo, Marsabit, Tana River and Siaya.
- The Ministry is collecting data in seventeen (17) counties: Taita Taveta, Kwale, Muranga, Laikipia, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Kilifi, Nyeri, Embu, Kirinyaga, Nandi, Kisii, Migori, Homabay, Makueni, Kitui, and Tharaka Nithi.
State Department for Physical Planning
|No.||Project||Achievements in 2019/ 2020 Financial Year|
|VII.||Operationalisation of Physical and Land Use
Planning Act (PLUPA)
|· The PLUPA commenced on 5th August, 2019
· Prepared Regulations for Strategic National or Inter-County Projects prepared
· Zero Draft General Regulations prepared and submitted to AG for professional drafting
|VIII.||Implementation of the National Land Use Policy (NLUP)||· Technical Report detailing specific aspects of sectoral laws, policies and regulations to be reviewed and aligned to NLUP recommendations prepared.
· National Technical Implementation Committee constituted and operationalised.
· Preliminary activities for inauguration of the National Council for Land Use Policy completed.
|IX.||Capacity Building and technical support to the counties
|· The Ministry developed physical planning manuals and guidelines for counties. These were reviewed and shared with county governments through the Council of Governors for their input before finalisation.
· Provided technical support to Counties in preparation of Plans for Bomet, eight colonial villages in Nyandarua and Malili and Makindu in Makueni counties
· Prepared Plans for strategic National Projects: e.g. Military Installations in Laikipia and Marsabit
· Facilitation of titling programmes through preparation of Advisory Plans for issuance of title deeds for Kisima in Njoro and Samburu.
|X.||Lamu Port South Sudan Transport Corridor (LAPSSET)||· Draft Concept Note prepared for planning of Lamu Economic Corridor
|XI.||Special Economic Zone (SEZ) planning in collaboration with Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA)||· Physical development plans for Kinanie Leather Industrial Park Plan under review and Samburu Special Economic Zones have been prepared.
· The Ministry prepared Advisory Plan for Naivasha Industrial Park and Inland Container Depot.
· The Ministry embarked on the process of identifying and mapping land for development of Special Economic Zone for Kisumu. The proposed site is at Ombeyi which is 18Km from Ahero town, on land described as Kisumu/Sidho West/3683 and 3733 and the abutting plots.
|XII.||Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP)||· 13 Plans processed and approved to facilitate upgrading of informal settlements and security of tenure.
· Six (6) physical development plans for informal settlements in Kilifi (3), Kakamega (1) and Uasin Gishu (2) counties were developed.