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Work to commence on local Silicon Valley

20 March 2014, 09:35

Nairobi - Konza Technopolis, the Vision 2030 flagship project, might take another three months before work begins on the information technology and business hub.

This is according to the Konza Technopolis Development Authority Board Chairman, John Ngumi, who promised to take the press for a facility visit once work begins in the hub.

“The board is putting its neck on the line here. Within the next three months you will see activity. In fact we will take the initiative of taking you there to see activity taking place within the next three months,” said Ngumi.

President Mwai Kibaki launched Konza City, touted as the African Silicon Savannah, in January last year.

It is part of the ambitious Vision 2030 initiative to improve much-neglected infrastructure over the next 17 years.

James Mwangi, the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank, is the Chairman of the Vision 2030.

He was defensive of the slow pace that the project was taking saying that it was due to the gestation of the project.

The Cabinet Secretary for ICT, in whose portfolio the project falls, said that the slow pace of the project could be attributed to the procurement processes and the procedures for approval of projects by the ministry of public works.

“This is a  to the ministry of public project and to do it we have to go to the ministry of public works so that the estimates are done by them and once it has been contracted out we might supervise the work but the ministry of work has to come in,” said Matiangi.

The government allocated Sh793 million in the 2013/2014 financial year towards the development of the Konza Techno City but the bulk of the funds are yet to be spent.

– CAJ News

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