The much hyped Konza Technopolis has receive a shot in the arm after the government raised its financial commitment to KSh. 40billion to be used in the development of horizontal infrastructure in Africa’s Silicon Savannah for this financial year.
Speaking during a tour of Konza city together with the ICT committees from Senate, National Assembly and the Council of Governors, Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the government will have completed the infrastructure, which is necessary for a modern techno city in the next three years.
The ICT CS said the contractor is already on the ground and construction works have commenced. “We are going to construct a 40km road network in Konza city, which will go along with fibre cable and electricity reticulation in an underground tunnel. This will help avoid disruptions of roads during cable repairs since the city will be operational 24 hours a day,” he said.
Mr. Mucheru said the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Ketraco) was putting up a 400KV station dedicated to Konza city, adding that a water recycling system will also be set up. The government has allocated an additional KSh. 17 billion to set up the national data centre t be located in the city.
During the expo, National Assembly ICT committee chairman William Kisang challenged Kenyan investors to put up an ultramodern cancer centre at Konza city, exuding optimism that new technologies at the technopolis would lead to discovery of a cancer cure by Kenyans, eliminating the need for Kenyans to go to India.
Since its inception in 2008 as a Vision 2030 flagship project, investors have developed cold feet towards the proposed techno city, slowing down construction of what is expected to be one of Africa’s most transformative technology hubs. The city was expected to create 16,000 direct jobs upon completion and accommodate over 260,000 people.
Acknowledging the difficulties in making progress, Vision 2030 Director General Dr Julius Muia said building a new city especially on green fields is never easy adding that the delays in Konza taking off were not unique.
The government has applied efforts to propel activity on the site with work on the government’s Konza City Complex already progressing towards completion, which is expected in November this year.