Konza City is perhaps Kenya’s biggest ‘White Elephant’

The proposed Konza City in Machakos County

Sources within the government say the initial plan was for Konza to become a wholly networked one-stop city within a city status like Dubai, providing everything from offices to hotels, industries to hair salons, bakeries to soft drink industries, and alcoholic beverages but nearly 20 years later, little has changed

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya’s most taunted “Technology City” The Konza, whose blueprint at the time of its availing during the Mwai Kibaki administration was premised on installing the latest technological innovations, today sits idle with little to write home about.

 According to sources within the government, Konza was to become a wholly networked one-stop city within a city status like Dubai providing everything from offices to hotels, industries to hair salons, bakeries to soft drink industries, and alcoholic beverages. Nearly 20 years later, little has changed, some people claim that part of the resources meant for Konza was diverted to complete a huge shopping mall in Ruaka near Nairobi.

A spot check at the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) by The Weekly Vision Online found workers in hard hats, trucks filled with sand, excavators, and the other normal detritus of construction sites, work is still at foundation stage twenty years later.

Over the past decade, more than a half-dozen African countries have attempted to foist themselves into the upper strata of tech and finance through the development of smart cities. There is currently a long list of smart, or techno, cities being built or planned on the continent — including Eko Atlantic City in Nigeria, HOPE City in Ghana, an Ethiopian city styled as the “real Wakanda” after the film Black Panther, Kigali Innovation City in Rwanda, and Senegal’s Akon City

By the looks of things, there’s little to indicate that many years have gone by since the launch of what was first trumpeted as the “best-planned” city in Africa. With promises of mass job creation and investors “trooping in,” Konza City’s groundbreaking was meant to be a source of national pride and a marker of progress — a sign that Kenya was on the cutting edge of global tech.

It was also the start of a continent-wide trend. Over the past decade, more than a half-dozen African countries have attempted to foist themselves into the upper strata of tech and finance through the development of smart cities. There is currently a long list of smart, or techno, cities being built or planned on the continent — including Eko Atlantic City in Nigeria, HOPE City in Ghana, an Ethiopian city styled as the “real Wakanda” after the film Black Panther, Kigali Innovation City in Rwanda, and Senegal’s Akon City — all promising to solve the problems of poverty and economic stagnation in their respective countries through innovative tech, Kenya’s Konza was the first.

 Konza, located in Machakos, was meant to become what Abuja, was to Nigeria and Dodoma, to Tanzania’s among others but many say political considerations have stalled the project. The city was said to have been set to be built at a record pace but new “new players on the block” read one-stop shopping malls in Kiambu easily upstaged the project. It is now likely to be a long wait as the country heads to the 2022 elections.

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