Jubilee Gov Reforms - Digitization of all payments at Land Register

[SIZE=5]Land ministry stops manual payment of fees, duties[/SIZE]
MONDAY DECEMBER 4 2017

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Nicholas Muraguri, Land Principal Secretary. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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[li]To complete a transaction revolving around land, one will now have to log onto the ministry’s page on the eCitizen platform[/li][li]Land owners will, however, have to liaise with land registries to have their properties validated and reflected on the online platform[/li][li]Long queues and unending paperwork usually discourages several individuals from following the processes at the lands registries[/li][/ul]
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By BRIAN WASUNA
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The Land ministry has from today stopped all manual payment of fees and duties on property transfers and registrations, as it seeks to ease processing of land dealings.

Land owners will, however, have to liaise with land registries to have their properties validated and reflected on the online platform before being able to transact through eCitizen.

Transfer of ownership, land rent, rates, consent fees, registration fees, stamp duty, caveats and official land searches will all be done through the eCitizen platform.

The ministry had in January last year shifted land rent and official searches payments to the eCitizen platform.

Stamp duty

In October, last year, it added payment of stamp duty to the list of online payments.

To complete a transaction revolving around land, one will now have to log onto the ministry’s page on the eCitizen platform, select “manage property” which will then show a number of options ranging from rent payment to transfers.

“The Ministry of Land and Physical Planning has upgraded the electronic transaction management system to ease the processing of transactions at the ministry. All required fees and duties will be paid online through www.ecitizen.go.ke portal from December 4, 2017.”

“For your land to be listed on the manage property page, you are required to validate it with your local land registry with your original title/certificate of lease, your original ID card and KRA pin during working hours. This will enable linking your land with your particulars,” Land principal secretary Nicholas Muraguri announced Sunday.

Large payments

For large payments, individuals will make payments to accounts at KCB which will be sent to one’s phone upon request for a transaction through the eCitizen platform.

The automation of payments is expected to weed out middlemen who broker land deals at a fee, while adding transparency to transactions, according to a ministry communication last year after rolling out the rent payment automation.

Long queues and unending paperwork usually discourages several individuals from following the processes at the lands registries, which pushes several people towards brokers who can complete searches and payments in a matter of hours.

Others have also opted to pay advocates, who charge between Sh2,500 and Sh5,000 to conduct land searches and even more to complete land transactions on behalf of individuals seeking to sell or purchase land.

Next county approval offices .

Muraguri is a perfomer regardless of what we have previously heard

10 county offices have already been digitized on the pilot program. The rest will follow.

which ones sir. Hii kitu tamalisa mimi completely

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

Can’t wait, this and merging records will rid us of corruption .
Things should be in real-time . Your ID number should hold all your records .

[SIZE=6]Digitisation of Lands records to disrupt services[/SIZE]
The current programme involves Correspondence Records registry.

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Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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[LIST][li][SIZE=3]In July last year, the Ministry carried out a similar process across 13 land registries in the country where services such as application and search for title deeds were digitised and now can be done through electronic transactions.[/SIZE][/ul][/li][ul][li][SIZE=3]The land registries which were digitized during the two-month process that ended in September last year were in Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Machakos, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Bungoma, Meru, Thika, Kiambu and Central Registry at Ardhi house in Nairobi.[/SIZE][/ul]
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[I]Lands ministry has started loading its records to an electronic platforms as it seeks to digitise its services, Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has announced.

Due to this, land rent clearance certificates, consent to transfer and charge and other related land administration processes will be disrupted at Ardhi House, Nairobi.

“The current programme involves Correspondence Records registry and Nairobi central registry,” said Prof Kaimenyi.[/I]

[I]The process kicked off on Monday, January 9, 2017 and is set to go on to the following month when normal services will resume.

“This is to notify members of the public that there will be minimal disruption of provision of services from January 9 to February 14,” said the notice on Sunday.

In July last year, the Ministry carried out a similar process across 13 land registries in the country where services such as application and search for title deeds were digitised and now can be done through electronic transactions.

The land registries which were digitized during the two-month process that ended in September last year were in Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Machakos, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Bungoma, Meru, Thika, Kiambu and Central Registry at Ardhi house in Nairobi
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will this help root out conmen in the land buying sector?

Yes. It can never be 100% due to human nature but it brings it down to a bare minimum. Most importantly it makes it easier to use, transparent because search is easier, convenient as its online, faster and therefore more transaction can take place to enable economic activity.