ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE COMMISSION
- The Commission has made numerous allocations of public land upon receiving recommendations from counties. Some of them include:
- Through the devolved function, the Commission processed and recommended for approval 1,624 renewals/extension of leases, 3,290 subdivisions/amalgamations schemes, 1,925 change/extension of user and 2,566 building plans.
- The Commission received 65,231 requests for processing land ownership documents. For example, in Machakos County, 439 transfers to public schools have been prepared. In addition, 107 requests for regularization of indigenous farms have been undertaken in Lamu County. In Nyeri County, 151 villages with a total of 6,841 beneficiaries have received ownership documents. In Laikipia County, 976 requests for regularization have been processed while beneficiaries received Letters of Allotments and Titles through a formalization process in Taita Taveta County. The processing of land ownership documents as well as regularization of land ownership has resulted to:
- The Commission has been actively working on the verification of allotment letters. So far, the Commission has received 3,685 letters of allotment having called for them through a notice dated July 2013. However, most of them did not meet the set threshold of authentication. The commission thus confirmed 382 letters of allotment and had their letters reissued and /or payments of legal fees accepted.
- The Commission engaged and concluded a verification of titles exercise for Escarpment/Kinale settlement scheme, lifting an existing embargo previously placed on 2200 titles. A similar exercise was conducted for Chembe/Kibebamshe settlement area.
- The commission has formalized and regularized land allocations in areas where public land had been planned and even developed in certain cases and people were in ownership of some form of documents; either from the previous local authorities or letters of allotments. For purposes of issuing them with leases, the Commission took stock of developed plots against the existing development plans and verified the documents held in a bid to validate existing settlements on the ground. This is a key exercise towards resolving multiple claims and securing land rights.
- The Commission has spearheaded the National Schools Titling Exercise since the year 2015 as part of its mandate to manage public land on behalf of the National and County Governments. The Commission, in conjunction with the relevant government agencies has so far audited over 10,000 schools and out these audits, 3,020 transfers of school land has been prepared and dispatched to relevant land registries for registration and issuance of Titles.
- Allocation of 100 acres of land to the Export Processing Zone Authority for establishment of an industrial park in Homa Bay county.
- Allocation of 21 plots to investors in Machakos County for industries, Car assembly, Logistics and warehouses.
- 100 acres allocated to KEMRI for establishment of a medical graduate school, a research centre for communicable diseases and a level V hospital in Kirinyaga County.
- 1,032 hectares allocated to Kenwind limited for generation of windpower in Lamu County.
- 28,000 hectares allocated to LAPSSET Development Authority for Lamu Port development, Amu power coal generation plant and other auxiliary income generating facilities.
These allocations have resulted in diversification and improvement of livelihoods, job creations, enhanced service provision, and enhanced value addition for industrial and agricultural-based products and support to vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda.
- Enhanced security of tenure and improved livelihoods. e.g. the colonial villages in Nyeri
- Securing public land and safeguarding public installations
Regularization also took place where urban public land was developed, without planning, survey or ownership documents. Such land then required planning, surveying and enumeration of the occupants or claimants before allocating. The objective was to document occupants, on land within urban areas where they reside as a way of securing tenure.
The Commission regularized land ownership within the urban areas as shown below
Some of the urban areas where regularization has been undertaken
An analysis of data collected during the 2015 Kenya Primary and Secondary Heads Association (KEPSHA) Conference; indicated that out of the 29,404 public schools in Kenya 24,405 (83%) did not have any form of ownership documents, 16,172 (55%) were not surveyed,12,055 (41%) were at risk of encroachment and grabbing and 4,100 (14%) had reported land grabbing /contestation cases.
In a bid to support the school titling project, the Government has waived legal fees for preparation and registration of title deeds for schools and currently survey is being undertaken by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning free of charge.