Jubilee Reforms -Land Register to use Blockchain Technology

[SIZE=6]Land Register to use Blockchain technology[/SIZE]
By Dominic Omondi
Published: Feb 28th 2018 at 21:50, Updated: February 28th 2018 at 21:50

Distributed Ledger and Artificial Intelligence Task Force Unveiling by ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru. [Photo/File]
The Government is working on a blockchain database aimed at weeding out fake title deeds from the land registry. Known as the single source of truth (SSOT), the database will be the primary reference for all land transactions. ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said SSOT would ride on blockchain technology, or a distributed ledger which allows for all transactions to have some kind of ‘public witnesses’.
So if you sell land, that change of ownership is underwritten by all the institutions in the system. Mr Mucheru said this when he unveiled an 11-member taskforce on Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence.

Source of truth

“At the moment, there are people who come up with fake title deeds and all manner of things. We need to create a single source of truth, which we are already working on as Government,” he said.

The taskforce will be led by former ICT Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo and will include Juliana Rotich, co-found of Ushahidi, Stephen Chege, who is Safaricom’s Director of Corporate Affairs, John Gitau, Mahmoud Mohamed Noor and Charity Wayua.
Others are Elizabeth Ondula, John Walubengo, Lesley Mbogo, Fred Michuki and Micheal Onyango.

A distributed ledger is a database that is consensually shared and synchronised across a network spread across multiple sites, institutions or geographies. In the blockchain technology, which underpins the controversial digital currencies such as bitcoin, the distributed ledger consists of several computers which see and record any transaction that takes place within the network.

“If you say this is your piece of land, we should be able to say whether that is you or not,” added Mucheru.

He said the function of the database will be made easier by digitisation of all title deeds. The SSOT would extend to verifying ownership of any document including birth certificate, driving licence and marriage certificate. It will also come up with centralised procurement of ICT products and services, and create a digital country. This would go a long way in creating efficiency, transparency and openness which are critical for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda which consist of job creation, food security, universal healthcare and low-cost housing.

We can now say RIP to all historical and current land injustice.

This is a week old kwani your informant alienda leave?

Wakikuyu ni wengi kwa hio list, whats cooking?

Tell that to the maasai and Coastal people in Lamu who lost their land to foreigners.
Such systems don’t solve shit on historical injustices. Enda Maasai land ununue land then tell the community that government records show you as the legit land owner.

Accurate and proper digitization of land records will mostly benefit the financial and real estate sector due to lending and current land sale conflicts. Existing injustices like grabbing of community and institutional land will require more that just records.

Hypothetically speaking it is possible but the forces of darkness cannot let it see the light of day.

Good job jubilee govt ata kama sijui blockchain ni nini?

or we can legalise corrupt deals before new regimes. hint hint william

A system is as good as its users…

The beauty of blockchain is that you have what is called consensus. 51% of computers holding the ledger or on the blockchain must approve a transaction before it can be added to the ledger. That means for you to be able to manipulate the land record you must own a super super computer to be able to defeat the 51%. That would take a lot of resources than no single individual has. The only issue around this is having enough computing power for consensus that will not be easily defeated by a single individual. Let us wait and see what they come up with.

Another reason to support this reform fully. Its already proven to work somewhere else.


Watafanya what KRA does when doing deals. Switching of the power to the servers.
Am optimistic by the fact that Bitange Msemo is in the mix.

This land title thing has been in the works even before blockchain. The government had even gone for benchmarking trips abroad during Kibaki time.

Until it is implemented this is just noise.

This is huge

I like the fact that you have raised on historical land injustices specifically at the coast and maasailand. Allow me to address the two issues and the misinformation that has been propagated.

By the second half of the 19th century all communities had migrated to their current historical homelands. Some settled down to do farming while others were pastoralists, king among them, the Maasai. The 19th century was overly kind to the maa community. While those interested in farming sought higher grounds, they had the plains to themselves and their cattle. They also built their reputation as formidable warriors who raided their neighbours both for cattle and brides. By the time the first white person was transversing these lands, the maa community controlled vast spaces stretching from kieni in Nyeri county (River Sagana marked the boundaries btw kikuyu and maasai land), laikipia, nakuru, the entire mau, the entire aberdares in addition to their traditional narok and kajiado (tz haituhusu).
However, this vast land wealth and ferocious reputation masked a weakness, the Maasai were a small tribe, populationwise, these vast lands remained unoccupied for parts of the year, during rainy season the maa retreated to the low lands whose flat topography favoured roaming cattle and only used highlands during dry season.
With a sedentary lifestyle comes population growth and soon the surrounding communities were coming under land pressure and were expanding towards this vacuum that was maasailand,the kipsigis and nandi towards the Western escarpment, the kikuyu towards the eastern escarpment and the Kisiis, well I don’t know about them but am sure akina @engiti were starting to feel the pressure of set taking on point something and might have made a move towards narok.
Did I say the 19th century was kind to maasai? Well the last two decades were not, first came the drought, then the epidemics (smallpox, anyone) then stronger rivals seeking to steal the little they had left, sedentary lifestyle leads to better organization.
So in comes the white man and lenana, either he was a wise guy who saw the coming annihilation of his people or was too weak and needed an ally with guns, became the white man’s lapdog. With two writs in 1904 and 1911he gave away his most troublesome borders, putting a white man between him and his tormentors.
Those two agreements froze in place boundaries until Independence, after the white man left neighbouring communities expansion resumed.
When you speak of land injusticies, you should speak of land poor communities such as Kisii, kipsigis, nandi and kikuyu who were denied the opportunity to expand to accomodate growing population, saying that we return land to the Maasai when they gave it out freely because they couldn’t hold it would be the real injustice.
PS, I will do a piece on the coast once I get home

That is the thing about blockchain. They computing power has to be delegated otherwise it will become too expensive to run the blockchain. I cannot see how the get a dominant role in consensus. Hence decentralization.