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Lands management system digital switch on course, says CS

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Lands and Physical Planning Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney (above, left) has said that the new Lands Information Management System (LIMS), which kicked off recently is progressing smoothly despite slight technical hitches. Ms. Karoney promised that technicians will work around the clock to ensure that the hitches are addressed. She spoke while addressing journalists on the ongoing digitisation process at Ardhi House.

The CS stressed that LIMS is only available for Nairobi and Central registries out of the 61 gazetted registries countrywide. She said the system would soon be rolled out in 7 other registries. Ms. Karoney said that digital services will only be available through the Government Portal (www.ecitizen.co.ke).

“Applicants will be required to register an account through the e-Citizen platform and navigate to the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning,” she added. LIMS will benefit public programmes such as land planning, infrastructure development and maintenance, environmental protection and resource management, emergency services and social service programs.

She assured members of the public that the system is secure and no manipulation could take place. “We have layers of backups to make sure security of the system is enforced. However, protocols to deal with any kind of graft cases are in place,” she said.

LIMS will facilitate services such as: Searches, Valuation requests, Transfer of ownership, Issuance of consent to transfer, Charge and Lease, Payment and issuance of Land Rent Clearance Certificate, All Payments, Application and withdrawal of Caution, Registration of Land Documents. Government Digital Payments Coordinator Nick Wambugu said that the system will improve response time, service provision and reduce fraud. He stated that the tax revenue is expected to double up by the end of the financial year.

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