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Kenya plans to digitalize land registries to curb fraud

By Peter Mutai NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is set to digitalize all its 57 land registries, mapping and completion of the national spatial infrastructure by 2022 to help improve efficiency and eradicate syndicates by cartels, an official said on Thursday.

Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry for Land and Physical Planning Jacob Kaimenyi said 13 registries including all the maps have already been digitalized while an additional five will be completed by mid next year.

“The exercise will improve monitoring and control of cartels by tracking illegal land transaction that poses the biggest danger in the government fight against corruption in the sector,” Kaimenyi said while opening the 51st Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources and Development (RCMRD) Governing Council in Nairobi. 

He assured that digitalization of the remaining 39 registries will be completed by the end of 2022.

He called on RCMRD member countries to establish secure and authentic land tenure systems to create robust national spatial, data infrastructure and national land management systems.

“These are platforms that can help our countries make strategic and informed development decisions, inspire investor’s confidence and engender harmonious sustainable and reforms,” he added.

Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General of RCMRD, called on the delegates to embrace geospatial technology in adapting to climate change effects in the region.

“The tools here are capable of helping find solve domestic land challenges into opportunities to determine optimal use of land and create wealth,” Nkurunziza noted.

He observed that through the technology, Africa is capable of improving its food security, reduce disasters and plan and manage urban areas well.

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