KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

Muraya, has hit the nail on the head.

There are several things we will always skirt around …
1. Financial propriety. If we put all the funds that have already gone into
Konza in a basket, can we distribute them in a transparent manner to show
value? That is why IEA put the value of each job created at Konza at
$32,000. Hot topic and very emotive.
2. Talent sourcing for the secretariat. Is it at par with the vision city?

Finally, what has March 2020 to now (COCID-19) taught us about the gig
economy? That brick and motor …

A good part of Konza’s vision can be realized without the edifice complex.
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Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya
www.linkedin.com/in/mwendwa-kivuva

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 14:59, S.M. Muraya via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> (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:
>>
>> 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
>>
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>> <ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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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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> who takes a city.” Prov 16:32*
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