Government secures billions for Konza ICT Metropolis

The Government has secured 120 million USD for the construction of a multimillion Institute of Science and Technology Centre at the Konza Metropolis City.

Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Principal Secretary (PS) Victor Kyalo says the State would also set aside another 175 US dollars that would see the setting up of a State- of- the-Art National Computing Center .

Kyalo, who was speaking Friday in Machakos on the sidelines of the Third Medium Term Plan 2018-2022 County Consultation Forum said works on the Konza complex has already began with the contractor already working on sewerage, street lights, firefighting installations.

The PS said the government was working in collaboration with the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and has already enlisted contractors who were on site to work out on the initial phase of the multibillion Vision 2030 flagship project.

We have been able to sign contracts for the first phase horizontal development for the Konza complex which will see the construction of sewerage systems, lightings, fire brigade and social amenities which would have four floors. We are also doing a National Computing center with a signed contract that will cost 175 million US Dollars, he said.

He said in the next one month, the Board mandated to oversee the project would start allocation of pieces of land to another 27 lead contractors who had applied to start work on various related projects.

Kyalo further underscored the importance of the Konza City, saying it was bound to have a huge social- economic impact not only for Kenya but the rest of Africa.

Terming the Technopolis complex a Research Hub of Africa, the PS said hundreds of investors from all over the world were expected to flock into the city a move which he said would greatly transform the fortunes of adjacent counties such as Kajiado, Machakos and Makueni.

Konza City goes beyond the confines of two counties currently feuding over boundaries. If you look at the Silicon Valley in the US, 70 to 80 percent of the investors are foreigners, he added.

The PS noted that Konza is a very strategic project for the country and as a result, we should be looking beyond Machakos and its proximity to the city of Nairobi to the advantage set to be reaped from its construction, he added.

On the free laptops projects for primary schools, the PS lauded the government in launching the multimillion program, saying its benefits could not be overemphasized.

Kyalo pointed out that the initiative, which was one of the government’s flagship projects, has seen a total of 17, 000 schools supplied with the tablets and a total of 21,000 schools connected to the power grid.

Other high ranking government officials who attended the one day workshop included Vision 2030 Director General Dr. Julius Muia together with Machakos County Commissioner Matilda Sakwa among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency