KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

(1) What is lacking is rule of law. Access to information will increase
public participation and reduce insider theft/trading crippling all our
towns and cities.

www.ombudsman.go.ke/index.php/access-to-information/publications?download=298:ati-regulations-2021-for-pubic-participation-25-05-2021

ombudsman.go.ke/index.php/resource-center/media-center/news-and-events/137-public-participation-and-request-for-comments-on-the-draft-access-to-information-general-regulations-2021

(2) The Nairobi expressway is somehow connected to Athi river.

www.kenyaengineer.co.ke/the-nairobi-expressway/

(3) In partnership with Anglo Leasing beneficiaries, the Chinese are
building a two billion dollar “Friendship City” in Athi River. In the
future, it might fuel the growth of Konza City. Unlike Athi River, if our
public officials do not sell out, Konza City will not be controlled by
Chinese firms.

www.businessdailyafrica.com/bd/news/chinese-group-to-build-sh200bn-athi-river-city-2243626

On Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 2:35 PM waudo siganga via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> When Ndemo was spearheading this project he held regular and frequent
> meetings with stakeholders to apprise them of the developments and get
> their feedback. My sense is that this is currently missing and should be
> re-started.
>
> On Wed, Jun 2, 2021, at 7:33 AM, Ali Hussein via KICTANet wrote:
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> 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?
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> Regards
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> On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:32 PM Grace Githaiga via KICTANet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>
> 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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