Konza City

Am a skeptic by nature. Life did that to me.

Grand promises and Utopian scenes painted in the future are like a drug that hypnotizes the masses and makes you feel better about your sorry state in the present since things are bound to get better soon.

Myopia is a horrible affliction if you ask me. A friend once asked me if I would rather be a happy ignorant fool without a care in the world or a perennially sad sage who understood all. I thought hard about this and I think I would rather be the morbid guy. I do not like not knowing. It makes me feel naked.

Dr Ndemo , The PS of the ministry of telecom and information has been the most visible proponent of Konza city. This is supposed to be a model technopolis that is to be the heart of tech in Africa. Sounds like another utopian dream but lets have another look.

I think building from the ground up is better than tying to refurbish and retrofit old designs.The planners of the 80’s did not envisage that in 2 decades, Nairobi city would house twice the current population and new fangled technology would need conduits in buildings and in the ground to deliver speed of light comms to buildings. Or maybe they did. Point is the city is not designed for this century. We need new infrastructure. It will be expensive but not building new will be a whole lot more costly in another 10 years. If you really think about it as you drive along the new Thika road, it is actually dirt simple to develop and progress. Thika road is just a simple highway. Yet it saves me hours on a 40km journey. Hours I can spend doing something else. How hard is it to build a city? Why aren’t our engineers excited? Why hasn’t the Engineers Board weighed in and endorsed the project and pledged support? What is wrong with us?  I have just read this article and I couldn’t agree more. In fact It was like he was describing me.

Right now the PS is being bashed for not populating the Sameer business park. I don’t see how this is his problem. Why is the sameer business park management not busy populating its premises? The PS pointed out structural and organizational problems in the construction of the buildings that put off multinationals willing to pitch camp here. No-one has tried to rebuff these points.

All this is noise from those only willing to cover their profitable positions or a re too afraid of new things however beneficial it is to them. Fear rules their hearts. This must be routed out and replaced with the quest and hunger for new frontiers.

Whatever happened to adventure?