The Ministry of Lands intends to close shop at the Nairobi and Central registries temporarily to facilitate the preparation of online services for efficient land administration and management. A public notice seen in the local dailies signed by the principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri explains that the Ministry has completed the re-engineering of business processes through an online system dubbed LIMS (Lands Information Management System) with a view of reducing the turn-around time on service delivery.

According to the statement. The Ministry plans to achieve a fully digitized environment in the delivery of its services. One of the purposes of the closure is to ensure that all the records are scanned and that the data is clean in preparation for online services. This exercise will begin in Nairobi and will be cascaded to all other Registries across the country.

Nairobi and Central Registries including Records Registry and the Banking Hall will therefore be closed to the Public for 10 working days from Monday 19th March 2018 to Friday 30th March 2018. Normal Business shall resume on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. During the period, no services offered at these registries will be available at Ardhi House-Nairobi. However, all other Registries will remain open.

When services resume on 3rd April 2018, the ministry will no longer offer manual processing of documents. However, the services will be fully available online through the government portal www.ecitizen.go.ke.

The services to be moved online include; Transfer of Ownership (transfer of Lease and transfer of Land), Issuance of Consent (for transfer, charge, further charge), Valuation requests – this will be created automatically upon application for transfer of ownership, Payment and Issuance of Land Rent Clearance Certificate, All payments (Payment of Stamp Duty, Registration Fees, Consent Fees), Application and withdrawal of Caution/Caveats/Restrictions, Registration of Land Documents and Searches in the Nairobi and Central Registries.

Improvements in the procedures regarding the registration of property in the country recently saw Kenya move four places up the ranks in the ease of doing business 2018 report from position 129 to position 125 globally.