, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 7 – The government targets to issue three million title deeds in the next three years following the ongoing reforms at the Lands Ministry.
President Uhuru Kenyatta says the government will continue to focus on the digitisation process of services at the ministry as well as dealing with corruption.
“With this second phase that has started here of issuance of title deeds, not only will we be able to get transparency, but we shall also be able to get speed,” President Kenyatta said.
He was speaking on Monday at the Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping in Nairobi where he and Deputy President William Ruto toured the National Titling Centre to assess the progress of the implementation of Phase 2 of the digitisation of issuance of title deeds.
The centre links survey with adjudication and registration.
“This means that Kenyans who have long waited for many years to receive title of their lands so that they can utilise it, we shall now be able to give them,” he added.
On the other hand Deputy President William Ruto said the government has focused more on land reforms to stop the land issue being misused by politicians.
Ruto at the same time warned that no one will be allowed to put government land to personal use.
“Those who think they can use unorthodox means to possess government land illegally by use of violent means against other Kenyans must forget it,” Ruto said.
Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu said the new centre is the second phase of the ongoing reforms at the ministry which will be officially opened in the next few weeks.
Since the re-organisation of land registries kicked off, Ngilu said the ministry had managed to reduce turn-around time in registration of property from 73 days to 16 days.
“We have increased the number of clients we were serving by over 10 percent in the different sections,” Ngilu said.
The ministry’s annual revenue has increased from Sh9.9 in 2011/2012 financial year to Sh11.3 billion last financial year.