Land portal

Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority has launched a web-based application which will allow all its citizens and any interest persons round the clock access to land information on any given parcel of land having across the country.

The authority said that the web application will act as a Land Information Inquiry Portal, giving users the ability to access, Land address as per the province, district, sector, cell and village.

It will also show the type of land rights on any plot of land type (lease, freehold) and the Ownership details which include the owner’s name, address and ID.

In addition, users can view whether a parcel has restrictions such as caveats and/or mortgage charges.

The portal shows the existing land use and planned land use according to the available master plan, and gives the GIS coordinates (X – Y Coordinates) of the land.

Further, the users are able to know whether there are any ongoing transactions on the land and to get an estimate of the current land value.

The development, which makes Rwanda the first country to develop such an App in the East African region, is a big step for the country’s land markets and could increase its attraction to investors.

The authority said it was working on a function that will enable non-resident investors to sign-up and use the portal.

For now, the application is available on a desktop version with the mobile version expected to follow in a few days.

Kenya has had mixed fortunes in its attempt to develop and comprehensive online land data portal with only partial information services currently available.

In January this year, the Ministry of Lands announced it was testing a KSh. 490 million Land Information Management System (LIMS) created in collaboration with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and expected to be operational in all the 61 land registries countrywide by April of this year.

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