The Star (Nairobi)

24 April 2014

Kenya: Embu to Digitise Land Services

Embu County Executive Committee (CEC) Member in charge of water and lands and environment Josphat Kihumbu speaking to the press at Kryptonite hotel In Embu during a meeting with stakeholders.

Embu county will digitise operations in Lands offices to eradicate cases of title deeds forgeries. Lands executive Josphat Kihumbu said digitising the services will save the county up to Sh500 million.

Kihumbu said the move will ensure those seeking to transact land business within the Lands Department will have quick access to information. He said that this land information management digitalizing program is a joint venture with the National Land Commission.

The County Land minister said that this enhancement of land services will enable the department to protect Title Deeds' forgery incidents that have in the past led to residents being swindled of their land. He further noted that the new system will eradicate and minimize numerous land disputes that have been rocking the county for several years.

Kihumbu said that the system will also involve E-revenue where paying of service will be done electronically through also Mobile phone services like M-pesa so as to ease the burden of the residents. The CEC Member said that the system will also protect land owners and those transacting land services from brokers who greatly exploit them.

Speaking to the press at Kryptonite hotel In Embu during a meeting with stake-holders Kihumbu said that the digitalizing program will take seven months before it's finalised.. The County Land boss same time revealed that Embu county has also embarked on massive tree planting exercise to conserve environment with a target of planting over 35 Million trees in the next five years.

He said that from the tree planting the county will benefit with carbon credit worth 17 Billion from the World Health Organization. Kihumbu said that to achieve this the county government will allocate 10,000 sidling to all schools in the area and all the other learning institutions.

The Minister said that the trees planting will also raise the forest cover in Embu to 54 percent down from the current 24 percent.

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