KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

I must say that you nipped the “inflammation” before it turned into a
“boil”, congrats. Whilst you have addressed it here on the list, there is
an avalanche of posts on LinkedIn on the matter. It would be great if you
could put in a word there. Here is a *link *
<www.linkedin.com/posts/revisterling_kenyas-first-smart-city-promised-everything-activity-6805502285003722752-gDbk>to
the post.

As @Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke> said, “hakuna haja kuandika na
mate….” looking forward to visiting Konza.

Regards
Twahir

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On Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 8:34 AM John Tanui via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Dear Barrack,
>
> Konza Technopolis project is on course, we are making significant progress
> especially ensuring that the key pillars for the success are in place.
>
> Our invitation to KICTANET still stands, we consider this community key
> stake holders and your partnership, collaboration and feedback is
> important.
>
> You can get the latest information on the project by visiting also our
> website and social media platforms including YouTube.
>
> Let me know when you would like to visit us.
>
> Regards
>
> John Tanui
>
> On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 07:39, Barrack Otieno via KICTANet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Dear Ali,
>>
>> I agree with you. My humble opinion is that Government priorities may
>> have changed. Engineer Tanui the Konza CEO is on the list and had at one
>> time invited listers to tour the facility. I think Konza can still be
>> realized. It will be great to revisit the previous discussion and for
>> Engineer Tanui to respond to the concerns that have been raised since there
>> seems to be life at Konza.
>>
>> Best Regards
>>
>> On Wed, 2 Jun 2021, 7:34 am Ali Hussein via KICTANet, <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> GG
>>>
>>> Thanks for sharing.
>>>
>>> Listers, even the best-laid plans can miss their targets. I’d rather we
>>> discuss:-
>>>
>>> 1. What went wrong.
>>> 2. What are the lessons to be learned.
>>> 3. Can the project get back on track?
>>> 4. Has it gone wrong? How long does it take to build a new city?
>>>
>>> Regards
>>>
>>> *Ali Hussein*
>>>
>>> Digital Transformation
>>>
>>>
>>> Tel: +254 713 601113
>>>
>>> Twitter: @AliHKassim
>>>
>>> Skype: abu-jomo
>>>
>>> LinkedIn: ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim
>>> <ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Any information of a personal nature expressed in this email are purely
>>> mine and do not necessarily reflect the official positions of the
>>> organizations that I work with.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:32 PM Grace Githaiga via KICTANet <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Listers
>>>> This may be of interest to some here.
>>>> Rgds
>>>> Grace
>>>>
>>>> Kenya was one of the earliest countries to outsource its dreaming to
>>>> McKinsey. The entire Vision 2030 strategy was developed by the Kenyan
>>>> government in conjunction with McKinsey & Company, with Konza being one of
>>>> many techno-utopian urban renewal projects the firm was involved in. At
>>>> first, most were undertaken in Asia, then, in the 2000s, the focus shifted
>>>> to African countries, which were seen as growth markets for big tech and
>>>> financial corporations.
>>>>
>>>> …the McKinseyfication of government and federal services often means
>>>> that the mere production of paperwork counts as progress. …The
>>>> question then becomes, Who is responsible for the failure of Konza?”
>>>>
>>>> Read on:
>>>> restofworld.org/2021/the-failed-promise-of-kenyas-smart-city/
>>>> —
>>>>
>>>> Grace Githaiga
>>>> KICTANet Convenor
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