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South Koreans like most Asian Orientals don't work Kienyeji like us. KAIST Korea is such a prestigious institution and I would expect their decisions to be top notch. This timelines thrown in are mostly guesswork and hopes not supported by facts. Let them build, equip the facilities, hire staff and admit students in their fair time. I wish them success.
I agree. Building that world class university should take a minimum of two years. Let them take their time but deliver something very high quality that has never been seen in this region. I hope those labs will be fully equipped before they open. They should not rush, they should just make sure they deliver a high quality campus in terms of infrastructure.
 

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Deep Ukambani politics in relation to Konza city. An interesting read indeed.


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Konza city factor in Kilome politics spills to counties – Weekly Citizen

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Residents of Kilome constituency are up in arms against their leaders for not agitating for the youth of the area and other professionals to get jobs at the Konza technocity that is now taking shape. According to the residents, by virtue of the fact that they are the hosts of the digital city, they deserve to get the first priority so long as they are qualified for the positions. Sadly, they say, there seems to be no deliberate efforts coming from their leaders towards that end. It is worth noting that although Ukambani political kingpin Kalonzo Musyoka has been to the budding town twice this year, he never raised the issue. All Kalonzo did was to heap praise to the government for the town that is now just getting off the ground after over a decade in limbo. Leading the calls of demands for jobs for the area youth is a Kilome parliamentary aspirant Steve Ndaani who says the benefits of the information communication and telecommunication complex must first and foremost be felt by the people of Kilome.

Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka
The area MP Thadeus Nzambia does not seem to even realise that the upcoming city is in his area of jurisdiction. Not a single day has he paid a courtesy call to the site that is now bursting with activity. Kilome youth are of the view that Nzambia should have stormed the place carrying 1000 youth and demanded that they get employment as mjengo men, engineers and machine operators. Also being blamed for pushing for opportunities for locals in the technopolis is Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana who has not even once been to the area that will change the fortunes of the county for the better especially when it comes to paying taxes by the companies that will set camp there as well as from the housing estates and other businesses therein. There are even those who say that the county of Makueni has not offered the city of Konza the desired moral support and this they attribute to the fact that Kibwana who comes from the far reaches of southern Makueni seems not to pride in the project that is the northern most tip of Makueni.

Thadeus Nzambia
The city borders Machakos county on one side and Kajiado side on the other and there was a time when Machakos governor Alfred Mutua tried to claim it was geographically in his territory only for political and administrative factors to prove him wrong. The people of the area vote for Makueni representatives and they also seek administrative services from Wote headquarters in Makueni. Even the county of Kitui has laid a stake in Konza city citing the fact that the water that will be used in the new town will be coming from Kitui county. Thwake dam that is purposely being built to be Konza city’s water source is between the border of Kitui and Makueni counties at the confluence of rivers Thwake and Athi River which also happens to be the borderline of the two counties at that point. The dam will therefore traverse the two counties. As such, Kitui county is seeking to have water provision contracts signed between it and Konza to avoid a situation like Murang’a has found itself in whereby the main water source for Nairobi city, the Ndakaini Dam, is in Murang’a but Murang’a gets nothing from the water that Nairobi city county sells to the inhabitants of Nairobi.


Kivutha Kibwana
It is against this background that Kitui wants to have part of the money that Konza city management will be making from selling Thwake water go to it. To assuage the people, it has been suggested that Kitui and Makueni counties will have huge swathes of land irrigated using Thwake Dam waters. The dam will also be used to produce hydrothermal power and this is also another area where the counties of Kitui and Makueni have been urged to be open eyed lest they be left with nothing in terms of the profits of the proceeds of the electricity that will be produced. Thwake Dam is going to be the largest dam in East and Central Africa. When it is completed, it is going to be 10 times the size of Masinga Dam which is the biggest in Kenya. The people of Makueni fear that just like in Masinga, they might be left thirsty, unless plans are put in place to have the water supplied to the surrounding area. In Masinga, villages still are without piped water and people daily put their lives in danger fetching water from the dam’s shores where crocodiles lie in wait.

Alfred Mutua
It is this kind of problems that the people of Makueni want their leaders to solve in advance bearing in mind the lessons from Masinga. There have even been suggestions that Konza city management signs a contract with the people of Makueni and Kitui to have then become the sole suppliers of fruits and vegetables to the city with crops that will be produced in the irrigation schemes of Thwake dam. As for the electricity to be produced in Thwake, there have been suggestions that the people from the area have their electricity subsidised. With demands like this, it is not likely that the current leaders have the capacity to negotiate a favourable deal for their people. What is clear is that the issue is going to become a talking point in the campaigns for Makueni constituency and Kitui West constituency which border the dam as well as the constituencies that have the water pipes run through them such as Kaiti and Mbooni. Those eyeing Kilome seat are Onesmus Kimata, Cleophas Muli alias Mtumishi and Pascal Wambua who has four goals; economic empowerment, environmental conservation, mental awareness and agribusiness. Another aspirant is Amos Mumaka who says leadership and development are inseparable.
 

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Deep Ukambani politics in relation to Konza city. An interesting read indeed.


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Konza city factor in Kilome politics spills to counties – Weekly Citizen

Published
21 hours ago
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May 5, 2021
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kenya-tribune



Residents of Kilome constituency are up in arms against their leaders for not agitating for the youth of the area and other professionals to get jobs at the Konza technocity that is now taking shape. According to the residents, by virtue of the fact that they are the hosts of the digital city, they deserve to get the first priority so long as they are qualified for the positions. Sadly, they say, there seems to be no deliberate efforts coming from their leaders towards that end. It is worth noting that although Ukambani political kingpin Kalonzo Musyoka has been to the budding town twice this year, he never raised the issue. All Kalonzo did was to heap praise to the government for the town that is now just getting off the ground after over a decade in limbo. Leading the calls of demands for jobs for the area youth is a Kilome parliamentary aspirant Steve Ndaani who says the benefits of the information communication and telecommunication complex must first and foremost be felt by the people of Kilome.

Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka
The area MP Thadeus Nzambia does not seem to even realise that the upcoming city is in his area of jurisdiction. Not a single day has he paid a courtesy call to the site that is now bursting with activity. Kilome youth are of the view that Nzambia should have stormed the place carrying 1000 youth and demanded that they get employment as mjengo men, engineers and machine operators. Also being blamed for pushing for opportunities for locals in the technopolis is Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana who has not even once been to the area that will change the fortunes of the county for the better especially when it comes to paying taxes by the companies that will set camp there as well as from the housing estates and other businesses therein. There are even those who say that the county of Makueni has not offered the city of Konza the desired moral support and this they attribute to the fact that Kibwana who comes from the far reaches of southern Makueni seems not to pride in the project that is the northern most tip of Makueni.

Thadeus Nzambia
The city borders Machakos county on one side and Kajiado side on the other and there was a time when Machakos governor Alfred Mutua tried to claim it was geographically in his territory only for political and administrative factors to prove him wrong. The people of the area vote for Makueni representatives and they also seek administrative services from Wote headquarters in Makueni. Even the county of Kitui has laid a stake in Konza city citing the fact that the water that will be used in the new town will be coming from Kitui county. Thwake dam that is purposely being built to be Konza city’s water source is between the border of Kitui and Makueni counties at the confluence of rivers Thwake and Athi River which also happens to be the borderline of the two counties at that point. The dam will therefore traverse the two counties. As such, Kitui county is seeking to have water provision contracts signed between it and Konza to avoid a situation like Murang’a has found itself in whereby the main water source for Nairobi city, the Ndakaini Dam, is in Murang’a but Murang’a gets nothing from the water that Nairobi city county sells to the inhabitants of Nairobi.


Kivutha Kibwana
It is against this background that Kitui wants to have part of the money that Konza city management will be making from selling Thwake water go to it. To assuage the people, it has been suggested that Kitui and Makueni counties will have huge swathes of land irrigated using Thwake Dam waters. The dam will also be used to produce hydrothermal power and this is also another area where the counties of Kitui and Makueni have been urged to be open eyed lest they be left with nothing in terms of the profits of the proceeds of the electricity that will be produced. Thwake Dam is going to be the largest dam in East and Central Africa. When it is completed, it is going to be 10 times the size of Masinga Dam which is the biggest in Kenya. The people of Makueni fear that just like in Masinga, they might be left thirsty, unless plans are put in place to have the water supplied to the surrounding area. In Masinga, villages still are without piped water and people daily put their lives in danger fetching water from the dam’s shores where crocodiles lie in wait.

Alfred Mutua
It is this kind of problems that the people of Makueni want their leaders to solve in advance bearing in mind the lessons from Masinga. There have even been suggestions that Konza city management signs a contract with the people of Makueni and Kitui to have then become the sole suppliers of fruits and vegetables to the city with crops that will be produced in the irrigation schemes of Thwake dam. As for the electricity to be produced in Thwake, there have been suggestions that the people from the area have their electricity subsidised. With demands like this, it is not likely that the current leaders have the capacity to negotiate a favourable deal for their people. What is clear is that the issue is going to become a talking point in the campaigns for Makueni constituency and Kitui West constituency which border the dam as well as the constituencies that have the water pipes run through them such as Kaiti and Mbooni. Those eyeing Kilome seat are Onesmus Kimata, Cleophas Muli alias Mtumishi and Pascal Wambua who has four goals; economic empowerment, environmental conservation, mental awareness and agribusiness. Another aspirant is Amos Mumaka who says leadership and development are inseparable.
Kinda short-sighted arguments. I watched a certain Chamwada video and from the accents of the interviewees you could tell they're locals. Besides, the number of visitors, leave alone the workers and the spillover effect to the local businesses is very evident if you compare with a decade ago. Also, is Thwake Dam that big as the article claims?
 

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Kinda short-sighted arguments. I watched a certain Chamwada video and from the accents of the interviewees you could tell they're locals. Besides, the number of visitors, leave alone the workers and the spillover effect to the local businesses is very evident if you compare with a decade ago. Also, is Thwake Dam that big as the article claims?
Thwake Dam will be the biggest dam in Kenya when complete.
 

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Anyone knows the population they are building this Konza city for? Hope it’s at least 2-3million because that would give them at least 50-60 years after completion I imagine.
 

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Today, leaders from Makueni, Kajiado & Machakos signed a MoU on Konza Special Planning Belt. This will facilitate proper planning of the belt, while enabling development of a sustainable & resilient smart city









Grateful to the leadership of Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos Counties on the agreed MOU signed today creating a buffer zone around Konza City. This will protect thousands of Jobs, Investments and Wildlife by preventing encroachment & uncurbed development.
The question is will they implement and enforce it????​
 

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Today, leaders from Makueni, Kajiado & Machakos signed a MoU on Konza Special Planning Belt. This will facilitate proper planning of the belt, while enabling development of a sustainable & resilient smart city












The question is will they implement and enforce it????​
Why are they even signing an MOU. An MOU is not a binding document. If they are serious they should sign a document that is legally binding that can be enforced in a court of law. An MOU can be broken without legal recourse. It is just a gentleman's agreement.
 

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Konza hands investors another 73,000 acres

Konza Technopolis is set to offer investors an additional 73, 000 acres of land amid rising interest due to the recently completed standard gauge railway (SGR) and the planned expansion of the Nairobi-Mombasa highway which promises to open up the area for business.

This follows an agreement between the counties of Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos and the national government through the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) to expand new urban development.

As at December 2020, for example, buyers such as hospitals, real estate developers, institutions of higher learning, the National Construction Authority (NCA) and the Kenya electricity transmission company (Ketraco) had acquired over 160 acres at Konza.

Smart manufacturing, light industry logistics, smart agriculture, property development as well as ICT and Information Technology (IT) enabled services are some of the investments that are in high demand.

Phase one of the Konza project, which sits on 410 acres of land, is distributed into mixed use (89 acres), university (39 acres), residential (26 acres) and life science (26 acres).

Others include office space (11 acres), retail (eight acres), cultural community (one acre), parks (79 acres) and transportation and public space (130 acres). Source
 

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Remember Konza City is on a 5,000 acres Ranch. I am sure our Journalists are fumbling with numbers as always :)
My understanding is that this 73k acres is an area around the 5k Konza which is already preserved and cannot be touched (national govt land). The governor cannot write an MOU about the 5k Konza, it would illegal trespass.
 

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My understanding is that this 73k acres is an area around the 5k Konza which is already preserved and cannot be touched (national govt land). The governor cannot write an MOU about the 5k Konza, it would illegal trespass.
Actually you are right! I had to read articles from several sources to make sense of it. Business Daily had me fooled thinking it is a new story but it is the same 3 county MOU story we already knew about. The very first line of the story was "Konza Technopolis is set to offer investors an additional 73, 000 acres of land " I thought they meant the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) was releasing more land within the 5,000 to investors. Meaning they were done with horizontal infrastructure at least on those parcels. No it is not!

The actual story is

Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos Counties Now Form 73,000 Acres of New Urban Development
Three counties, Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos have partnered with the national government through the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) to create a 73,000 acres of new urban development.

That is it!!
 
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Honestly,let them develop the first 5,000 acres ,fully ,i know it’s good to plan ahead but ,they better utilize what they have currently
We all know they have to eat and get a share of the cake before they leave future governors to do so. I thought the idea of a buffer zone was to clearly demarcate Konza away from the unplanned sprawl south east of Nairobi?
 
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