By Joseph K. Mwangi and Bryanne Onsoti,

Bomet, Wednesday, 26 th April, 2017 … Lands and Physical Planning PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri has urged the local administrations of Bomet County to work with land officers to ensure uncollected title deeds amounting to 16,000 are disbursed to their owners. The new Lands PS spoke at Sotik Primary School when he issued 14,000 title deeds to beneficiaries in the County. “The Government has issued 33,548 title deeds to residents of Bomet County out of the 2.4 million title deeds issued across the country since 2013.” Said the lands PS. Dr. Muraguri further said that the Lands Ministry is implementing a number of measures to address challenges hampering Service Delivery at the Bomet land county offices. “The measures include construction of new and more spacious offices at the cost of Kshs 20 million and procurement of green cards and titles from the Government Printer during the current financial year.” said Dr. Muraguri. Dr. Muraguri said that Bomet County is among the Counties where new Land Control Boards have been reconstituted. He added that payments for former members the disbanded Land Control Boards are being cleared. “And regarding the land dispute between Bomet University and the County Government of Bomet, the Court had ruled in favor of the University.” He said.

The Lands CS was accompanied by Deputy Speaker to the National Assembly and local MP Dr. Joyce Laboso and County Commissioner of Bomet County Mr. Bernard Leparmalai. The lands PS said the Government had digitized 13 land registries countrywide. These are Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, Thika, Meru Central, Meru South/ Chuka, Nakuru, Kisumu and Nairobi (Nairobi and Central) land registries.

“Plans are underway to digitize the remaining 44 land registries in the next 3 years.” He said. Dr. Muraguri further said the Government has completed and launched National Spatial Plan to guide physical development activities over the next 30 years and provide a basis for preparation of other sectoral master plans such as Agriculture, Transport, Tourism and Urban Development and County Spatial Plans. The lands PS said that development of a Land Value Index is ongoing and will be used by the Government to manage price fluctuations occasioned by speculations as a result of intended land acquisition for public infrastructure development. He said that the Government had gazetted a task force to operationalize the new land laws and another task force to investigate the processes of renewal and extension of leases issued since 2010.

Dr. Muraguri said the Task force on the Formulation of Regulations to operationalize the Land Act, 2012; the Land Registration Act, 2012; the Community Land Act, 2016 and the Land Laws (Amendment Act), 2016 on 27 th January, 2017 (together the Land Laws), the Task force had already embarked on undertaking its mandate as contained in Gazette Notice No. 390 of 13th January, 2017.

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