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Kenya’s land data on computer soon

All information on land will be available at the touch of a button, Lands minister Amos Kimunya has said. Kenyan’s will in future know who owns what land, its location and other features from computer data.

Mr Kimunya said once in place, the information infrastructure would revolutionise the social and economic scene.

He said that, with the GIS technology, land dealings in Nairobi would become simple. The minister made the remarks at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, in Juja after he opened a seminar. The one-day event discussed the results of a study into starting the Spatial Data Framework in Nairobi.

The pilot project, undertaken for the Kenya Institute of Survey and Mapping by the Japanese International Corporation Agency, will roll out in other parts of the country, with Mombasa as the next stop.

The long-term goal, the minister said, is to make the country’s entire map available in digital format.

Mr Kimunya described GIS as crucial for development, and added that about 80 per cent of the information would be used in planning and decision-making at all levels.

Japanese ambassador Saturo Miyamura said that currently, many areas’ data on land and population was poorly maintained, maps and statistics outdated, information inaccurate and its sharing limited.