Government commits to ongoing Konza City support
Kenya’s Principal Secretary, Ministry of information, Communications and Technology, Mr. Joseph Tiampati, has given the assurance of the government’s commitment in sustaining the construction of Konza Technology City.
Mr. Tiampati was speaking at the Konza Techno city site during the handing over ceremony of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA) Strategic Assessment (SEA) approval certificate by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).
According to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, the PS said that the ministry would propose additional allocations to Konza in the next financial year (2014-15) budget allocation. The PS added that the government will ensure the necessary infrastructure development begins within the next few months.
The PS said that this approval enables KOTDA to implement phase one of the project and paves way for the development of the requisite infrastructure. He further announced that the University of Nairobi would carry out a survey of 400 acres in the next five months that will be developed in the first phase. The study will be used by the government and utility firms to lay down basic infrastructure such as roads, sewerage and electricity.
Mr.Tiampati added that he was pleased by the progress made so far and that he was looking forward to the enactment of the KOTDA bill which would further strengthen the regulatory status over the development of Konza techno city. The bill is currently at the Attorney General’s office waiting to be tabled in parliament.
He also said that KOTDA will soon be commissioning the cadastral survey which will drive the project further and that the ministry is in the process of finalizing the engagement of MPD2 to undertake actual implementation of the project.
Former Vice President Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, Makueni county Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo junior, who attended the ceremony, urged the government to accelerate implementation saying major investors were likely to pull out of the project if it delayed much longer. Firms such as Boeing, Samsung, Huawei have expressed interest in setting up works in Konza. The leaders also said the 773 million shillings awarded to the project was likely to be returned if it isn’t utilized and requested for adequate funding to fast-track the project.
The planned Konza Techno City is a key flagship project of vision 2030 which seeks to develop an ICT ecosystem in a cluster. Upon completion it is expected to create jobs, residences, generate revenue, develop the information technology enabled services and also position Kenya as a preferred ICT destination.