The government has digitized the Marsabit County Land Registry and placed all transactions under the National Land Management System for efficiency.
This was achieved as part of the decentralization by the government of land administration services in the country with the support of the European Union (EU) through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO).
The Administrative Secretary for Lands and Spatial Planning, Ann Ng’etich, said the main objective of the program was to bring services closer to the people in accordance with the five-year strategic plan launched last year.
Ms Ng’etich, who officiated during the handover of the digitized register and equipment to the town of Marsabit, said the implementation of the strategic plan was aimed at facilitating the long-awaited transformation of the lives of residents of Marsabit. and the country as a whole.
Through the establishment of the national land management system, the administrative secretary said the government is promoting online services not only to increase efficiency but also good governance.
âAs a ministry, we are committed to improving access to land administration services and I thank the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for supporting our reform agenda. She said.
Ms Ng’etich called for sustainable land management, saying digitization and legal reforms should steer Kenya towards a digital economy.
She observed that Marsabit County’s enormous resources would be adequately exploited if there was security of tenure to enable the socio-economic growth of residents, secured loans and decentralized unity to attract investors.
The administrative secretary also noted that accelerating the digitization process would offer an effective measure to mitigate the effects of the devastating Corona virus pandemic through reduced human interactions in land transactions.
Additionally, she said the government was taking deliberate steps to secure community land rights to historically disadvantaged communities like pastoralists.
âSecurity of tenure is essential for historically disadvantaged communities, especially pastoralists whose land has never been registered,â she said, adding that Marsabit County accounts for 12% of the total land mass. from Kenya. There is 70 percent of unregistered community land in the country.
The national government has so far carried out education and public awareness activities on the Community Land Act, 2016 in all Marsabit sub-counties except Loiyangalani, with the administrative secretary urging relevant parties to make sure the exercise is going as planned.
She further called for the inclusion of women in the program who she said should be considered as members in the scheduled elections for the community land management committee.
The county government has already submitted to the ministry an inventory of the community lands in which Laisamis, Moyale, Sololo and North Horr were captured.
However, the ministry, which is in the process of issuing a comprehensive land adjudication program for the county, believes the four community units were too large and expensive to manage in the current form.
Ms. Ng’etich called on the county government to consider revising the inventory to come up with practical and cost-effective units.
Governor Ali welcomed the development, saying his administration wanted all Marsabit land registers to be accessible locally.
Governor Ali pointed out that opening a land office in Marsabit spared residents the anguish of traveling to Isiolo in search of land transaction services.
The governor, while calling on the ministry to speed up the publication of a land registrar in the county, revealed that the adjudication and granting of land titles was underway in the Marsabit Central sub-county with 2,345 titles having been treated for residents of Karare and Sagante.
He added that the titling process for the Badassa and Hulahula settlement areas was ongoing while residents of Nyayo Road Estate in Marsabit town received award letters.
Also in attendance were EU Representative Dr David Mwangi, Director General of the Kabale Tache National Land Commission, FAO Land Governance Program Head Husna Mbarak and Marsabit County Commissioner Paul Rotich.
Dr Mwangi stressed that the goal of the project had been achieved because the implementing agencies had a free hand to do their work.
He said the EU was happy the funds were used with caution, adding that the organization would be very willing to fund other programs aimed at raising living standards for Kenyans.
By SÃ©bastien Miriti