Ardhisasa is a new land record system that was launched by president Uhuru Kenyatta on the 27th of April 2021 putting an end to manual land transactions. The process officially commenced in Nairobi County after three years since the strategies were put in place. Other parts of the country are expected to be digitized by December 2022 but below, let’s talk about why the government decided to launch Ardhisasa.
- Curbing Fraud and other forms of malice
Since Independence, land has been an emotive matter, owing to historical injustices, fraud and the manipulation of land documents at Ardhi House. Government land for instance for a long time has been subject to looting and fraud but with the new system in place, the government has managed to secure state-owned land from looters and fraudsters.
The Ardhisasa system ensures that any land purchases made are genuine and legal to minimize the never-ending complaints from the public. It will resolve land problems as it will provide an updated verified database of land records that are easily available.
- Ease of Access to Information and land data bases.
Ardhisasa is an online platform that will allow Kenyans and other interested parties to access land information and processes undertaken by the Kenyan government. It has been designed jointly by the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning (MoLPP) and the National Land Commission (NLC) to allow for the lodgment of applications for various services offered by the Ministry and the Commission. With just the click of a button, at the comfort of your own home you can carry out all land transactions.
The Digitalized land recording system will streamline land transactions and ownership easing the frustrations of property owners and buyers such as queueing for long hours at land offices countrywide. The system will also be integrated with service numbers to simplify services. The new digital system will minimize overcrowding in land offices as people go about conducting their due diligence.
The new digital system is set to prevent or minimize delays, double allocations, loosing of legal land documents and other inconveniences. All the parcels will be required to migrate to one regime, the Registry Index Maps (RIMS)which will replace deed plans as registration instruments for Land. It will ensure there is uniformity of land ownership in Kenya.