KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

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On Wed, Jun 2, 2021, 19:56 Mwendwa Kivuva via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> 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.
> ______________________
> 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*
>>>
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>>>
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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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>> SMM
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>> who takes a city.” Prov 16:32*
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