𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐒 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐒𝐄𝐄𝐊𝐒 𝐌𝐏𝐒' 𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐋𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐃𝐈𝐆𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐎𝐅 𝐏𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐂 𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐒
The National Land Commission is seeking budgetary support from Members of Parliament to fully implement the digitization of public land records.
In a meeting with the National Assembly Committee on Lands, NLC CEO, Ms Kabale Tache has cited budgetary constraints as a roadblock towards the digitisation of public land records.
"We have plans to digitize 30 million land related records through the Ardhidsasa system. However we need further funding to actualize this," said CEO Mrs. Kabale Tache
Led by Hon. Joash Nyamoko, Members of the Committee inspected the National Lands Commission (NLC) headquarters as part of budget oversight.
Committee Members met with NLC Commissioners Hon. Esther Murugi and Hon. Kazungu Kambi and CEO Ms. Kabale Tache.
Lawmakers' reviewed NLC's digital transformation strategy that includes a Digital Public Land Inventory Database which is expected to enhance NLC's ability to manage land resources, facilitate seamless data sharing and real-time data transfer among counties.
However, it was revealed that only three counties are currently connected to this system, indicating the need for accelerated implementation.
During the inspection tour, Members of the Committee inspected the National Land Commission ICT infrastucture at the Headquarters in Upperhill.
According to documents scrutinized by the Committee, NLC is in the process of implementing a robust legal management system and digitizing over 5 million legal records that will streamline case management, and address historical land injustices.
"As the custodian of public land, how many public land records do you have? Do you have the physical records of public land?" asked North Mugirango MP, Hon. Joash Nyamoko.
Hon. Rachel Nyamai also raised critical questions about the NLC's progress, for extending digital management services to cover all 47 counties to protect public land.
Sentiments echoed by Hon. Paul Katana who inquired about the management of parcels of land that have been compulsorily acquired but are not yet documented in the NLC's records.
Regarding funding, NLC Commissioner, Hon. Kazungu Kambi emphasized the need for revenue generation and independence from Treasury funds. He expressed the Commission's commitment to resolving land acquisition issues related to government projects.
Members of the Committee on Lands underscored the necessity of adhering to the law regarding land acquisition by the National Lands Commission and Government entities acquiring land for projects, especially when funding is limited.