KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

@S.M. Muraya you took words from my fingers!

I have said this in an earlier email, and shall say it again and again!
Access to information is a constitutional right! When information about
billions of taxpayers money isn’t forthcoming, what is left is for people
to create stories!

A vehicle was set for this – Kenya Open Data… Or is it Kenya Hidden Data?
Senator @Abshiro Halake <abshiro.halake@gmail.com> probably you can get us
the people behind Kenya Hidden Data to talk to us? When we have money spent
on something as crucial as information and then the project is simply left
for the dead, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth!

Whilst Eng. Tanui has given an open invitation, I think it would be nice to
get some facts and figures of what’s happening, the timelines, expectations?

THK

On Wed, Jun 2, 2021, 3:00 PM 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
>>
>> 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/
>> —
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