Uhuru legacy: Reprieve for Kenyans as Land Ministry goes digital
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday presided over the official launch of the National Land Information System (NLIS) at the National Geospatial Data Centre in Nairobi.
The system, dubbed Ardhisasa, is a land resource management platform that is designed to enhance efficiency in record-keeping, quick transactions and curb fraudulent deals at the Ministry of Lands.
The launch now means the ministry has ended the manual application of land documents and services.
The digitization of land services has, however, begun in Nairobi and will be rolled out in other counties in phases.
In his address, President Uhuru expressed his commitment to ensuring that every land-owner is granted quality and timely services.
According to the President, these reforms will end corruption and unscrupulous deals at the Ministry.
"The Aridhisasa platform will ensure that missing files, perennial fraud, corruption and illegal land transactions will be a thing of the past when this programme is eventually rolled out throughout the country," said Uhuru.
The Head of State assured Kenyans that digital registrations of land is officially working and will not stop until all public lands are secured from thieves.
"This exercise shall continue until all land belonging to govt, learning and research institutions, national/cultural sites, protected community land and public utilities countrywide has been secured from encroachment or acquisition by unscrupulous speculators," added Uhuru.
On the other hand, Land Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney lauded the new system saying it is a game-changer in efficient service delivery.
She added the platform will save on huge cost incurred in offering services manually.
"Ardhisasa will provide a standardized and integrated online platform to enable customers to access land registration services seamlessly. It will also make land management processes efficient, cost-effective and timely," she said.
Earlier in the week, CS Karoney said the process of registering customers for transactions in the system has begun.