Kenya launches digital land information platform

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the unveiling ceremony of the digital land information management system at the National Geospatial Data Center in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2020. / Photo courtesy of the Kenyan Presidency.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the unveiling ceremony of the digital land information management system at the National Geospatial Data Center in Nairobi, Kenya on April 27, 2020. / Photo courtesy of the Kenyan Presidency.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday launched Ardhisasa, a digital land information management system designed to make the country’s land sector more efficient and transparent.

The new system, which marks the end of manual land transactions in Nairobi, was developed by a team of Kenyan technicians over a period of three years and is designed to improve the security of land registrations, speed up land transactions and reduce fraud.

“The full implementation of the program will facilitate the settlement of historical land disputes and ensure the safety and sanctity of your land title deed,” said Kenyatta at the launch of the new system in Nairobi.

Kenyatta said the digital platform will protect them from exploitation by cartels, middlemen and scammers, noting that with the advent of Ardhisasa, missing files, perennial fraud, corruption and illegal land transactions will be a thing of the past.

He said the new digital platform will benefit all landowners and potential landowners by providing the accurate information necessary to support land commercialization in a convenient and timely manner.

As part of the Ardhisasa project, Kenya’s first digital topographical map and that of the country’s 47 districts as well as a cadastral map for the district of Nairobi were created.

The cadastral map enables the Department of Land and Physical Planning to start the migration process towards a unified land registry regime to reduce fraud and reduce transaction time.

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