KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

Hi SM,

I happened to have sat close to the Presidential dais during the launch of
Konza and indeed he (president Kibaki) pointed to the fact that just as
there were many that never believed in free primary education, Konza will
one day become a reality and disapprove of the naysayers. Indeed as it is
said in Africa, old men see further from their seats than young men on top
of trees. Time will tell. Meanwhile @Ali Hussein <ahussein@kictanet.or.ke>
waiting to be part of the delegation to eat biriani at Konza Technopolis.

Best Regards

On Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 11:34 AM S.M. Muraya via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> I completely agree but what did Kibaki think? His generation has/had
> insight often lacking in ours. This is a Mzee who understands how towns and
> cities are developed over time.
>
>
> www.standardmedia.co.ke/commentary/article/2000075826/president-kibaki-why-i-believe-in-konza-technology-city
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:39 AM Muchiri Nyaggah via KICTANet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> I think there’s time to reimagine Konza to fit our own context and
>> aspirations. A completion date of 2050 means it would be served well by
>> tangible deliverables every medium term that connect with the local sector
>> rather than a reliance on China and the West’s big tech firms to deliver
>> big wins.
>>
>>
>> Muchiri
>>
>>
>> On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 09:09, Grace Githaiga via KICTANet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Good points @Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke>. I like your point number
>>> 3 ‘can the project get back on track?’
>>>
>>> Considering it was a vision 2030 project, can we say that that there are
>>> still 9 or so years to get it back on track?
>>>
>>> Rgds
>>> GG
>>>
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>>> *From:* KICTANet >>> hotmail.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke> on behalf of Ali Hussein via KICTANet
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>>> *Sent:* 02 June 2021 7:33 AM
>>> *To:* ggithaiga@hotmail.com <ggithaiga@hotmail.com>
>>> *Cc:* Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke>
>>> *Subject:* Re: [kictanet] KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart
>>> city
>>>
>>> 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*
>>>
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>>>
>>>
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>>>
>>>
>>> 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/
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