Dr Bitange Ndemo: Konza ICT Park to be launched in October 2012




An artist’s impression of the proposed Konza ICT Park: The Ground-breaking ceremony for the project could be held in October 2012.

Kenya’s grand ICT project, the Konza ICT Park could finally be launched next month after the ground-breaking ceremony, according to information and communications Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo.

Commenting on a discussion on Kictanet titled: “Konza Techno Park Launch?”, Dr Ndemo said: “Konza has never been and will never be a pipe dream. We are progressing well. We have the Master Planner in place.”

“We had a small problem with physical planning with respect to approvals as per the physical planning act. These requiirements will be met by the end of the month. We also have Konza Authority in place. You need the institutional framework in place to ensure succession planning. We have several partners who we are at different stages of partnerships. God willing we should break ground next month. This is dependent on the schedule of our guest of honour,” said Dr Ndemo.

Below’s how the discussion went:

“Listers,

Just wondering if anyone knows what ever happened to the planned launch and ground breaking for Konza Techno park? Is it still on? or a pipe dream? Would be good to know as we strive to achieve vision 2030, let us accompany the mega road construction we see around with some landmark ICT mega projects, we should not be left behind as an industry. Bwana Ndemo/Mugo, could you please shed some light? expected date of launch? I hope before the end of the year?” – Edith.

  • “Edwin Onchari”

September 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

I would suggest that the KICTB put up a monitoring tool on their website to track the progress of these projects (with constant updates), so that we are not perpetually in the dark.

Kind Regards,

Edwin

  • Anonymous

September 13, 2012 at 7:22 am

Edith, Thanks for asking. Konza has never been and will never be a pipe dream. We are progressing well. We have the Master Planner in place. We had a small problem with physical planning with respect to approvals as per the physical planning act. These requirements will be met by the end of the month. We also have Konza Authority in place. You need the institutional framework in place to ensure succession planning. We have several partners who we are at different stages of partnerships. God willing we should break ground next month. This is dependent on the schedule of our guest of honour.

I am more optimistic now that the project will be a reality but as usual local participation lags behind. This has always been our culture. We’d rather wait and complain that we were left out than be trail blazers. Nevertheless, we shall succeed with the few who have expressed interest.

Ndemo.

  • Anonymous

September 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

Edith, Thanks for asking. Konza has never been and will never be a pipe dream. We are progressing well. We have the Master Planner in place. We had a small problem with physical planning with respect to approvals as per the physical planning act. These requiirements will be met by the end of the month. We also have Konza Authority in place. You need the institutional framework in place to ensure succession planning. We have several partners who we are at different stages of partnerships. God willing we should break ground next month. This is dependent on the schedule of our guest of honour.

I am more optimistic now that the project will be a reality but as usual local participation lags behind. This has always been our culture. We’d rather wait and complain that we were left out than be trail blazers. Nevertheless, we shall succeed with the few who have expressed interest.

Ndemo.

  • Andrea Bohnstedt

September 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

I love the idea of an online resource on this that contains the concepts, plans etc and regular updates on what’s happening (or where delays occur).

  • Edith Adera

September 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

Bwana Ndemo,

Thanks for the update and reassurance that Konza is NOT a “pipe dream”. I like that level of confidence and you have indeed proved yourself – and your team – in the past (TEAMS etc).

Two Questions:

1. What is defined as local participation? What are you expecting to be done to realize this? what are the current bottlenecks? (these set of questions reminds me of my talk this week with one of the commissioners at CIC when I was registering my concern about the lack of engagement of ordinary Kenya’s in reviewing bills going to parliament via CIC….the commissioner agreed with my analysis and indeed confirmed that …ordinary Kenyans have no crystal clear mechanisms of engagement, no framework in place to provide submissions and take-up the citizen voices in the legislative processes (apart from placing adverts in local dailies & visiting counties)….. we are literally “spectators” of legislative processes in this country.

Bwana Ndemo, might you be facing the same dilemma with this “local participation” expected in Konza?

2. Being part of Vision2030 projects, I would imagine that your chief guest is eagerly awaiting the launch and groundbreaking knowing the passions for V2030. Should we expect that the Director of Physical Planning will approve the plans this month as you indicate and that this issue will not continue to be a bottleneck?

I vote for the idea of a progress tracking tool for KONZA which should be managed by V2030 in Collaboration with your Ministry (KICTB) – where it’s can we have that in place soonest?

Edith

The project has been faced with various controversies, the most recent being when the Dr Ndemo was accused of allegedly buying the land – valued at Kshs 1 billion – through direct procurement instead of an open tender.




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