Kenya promotes transparency in land management

Kenya promotes transparency in land management

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Kenya: Under the new constitutional privileges, Land Ministry in Kenya is speeding up land reforms that will promote transparency, accountability and enhance efficiency in land transactions, Business Daily reports. The ministry has already fully embraced information technology and is at an advanced stage in the implementation of the Land Information Management System.

A computerisation Master Plan has been developed and its implementation is being fast tracked in a more co-ordinated manner and on a priority basis. Other key initiatives in this regard include the establishment of a data network infrastructure that will link the ministry headquarters with field stations so as to enhance data and information sharing. The development of GIS-based Diastral Information Management System that links land records to Land Registration maps is also ongoing.

In a bid to meet the National Values and Principles of Governance as well as the Principles of Land Policy provided for in the constitution, the government has embarked on the preparation of the National Spatial Plan.

The plan will form the basis of formulating the general principles of land planning, the co-ordination of planning of counties and will provide a frame work for balancing regional socio-economic growth.

As part of the efforts to implement the Kenya Vision 2030 Flagship Projects, the government has embarked on preparation of Spatial Development Plans to guide the development of special economic zones at Mombasa, Lamu, Isiolo and Kisumu.

In addition, the preparation of Spatial Plans to guide the development of resort cities at Diani/Ukunda, Kilifi and Isiolo is already underway and will be completed by the year 2012.

To help accelerate sustainable regional development through standardised and accessible geographical data, the development and implementation of the Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure Policy is under way.

All national topographical maps will be revised using satellite technology to guide development planning and decision-making at all Government levels. The process of preparation of a National Map depicting the boundaries of all 47 counties is already complete.

The government has undertaken the resolution of over 12,000 land and boundary disputes to enable citizens exercise their rights over land.

Source: Business Daily