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Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney briefs MPs on new land laws

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A workshop organised by the Ministry of Lands to brief Parliament on the new laws held in Mombasa over the weekend ended with Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney calling on MPs to fast-track the approval of regulations by June 15th as directed by the court.

Ms Karoney said Parliament was a key stakeholder in facilitating land reforms in the country and more so a key partner in helping to tackle many challenges facing the lands sector. The Lands CS said this in her opening presentation on land laws, rules and regulations, to the Parliamentary Committee on Delegated Legislation chaired by Uasin Gishu Woman Rep, Gladys Shollei.

Hon. Shollei was also represented by a member of the Committee, Hon George Gitonga, who is the MP of Tharaka. “Land use and management is governed by the Land Act, the Land Registration Act, and the Community Land Act, which were enacted pursuant to the constitution of Kenya, 2010,” said the CS, who appealed to Parliament to fast-rack enactment of Physical Planning Bill No. 34 of 2017 and Land Value Index (Amendment) Bill.

Transforming lands sector

She called on MPs to support full implementation of National Land Use Policy and National Spatial Plan. “National Land Use Policy provides legal, administrative, institutional and technological framework for optimal utilization of land,” said the land CS.

And in his remarks, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Hon. Gideon Mung’aro thanked the MPs for supporting the ongoing digitization at the Ministry. Hon. Mung’aro added that the existing good working relationship between Parliament and the Lands Ministry would help transform the lands sector.

The MPs said they support the ongoing digitization programme. They said the initiative would go a long way in eliminating land cartels and cub cases of fraud. In a related development, the lands CS met the Senate Committee on Land, Environment & Natural Resources during inaugural retreat.

The Cabinet Secretary asked the Senate to encourage counties to allocate adequate funds to undertake their physical planning function. “I appeal to Senate to fast-track enactment of the Physical Planning Bill No. 34 of 2017 to provide the framework to guide the physical planning envisaged,” said Ms Karoney.

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