The Konza saga!

Is the Konza Metropolise causing a lot of interest? Last saturday i got a chance to pass by Konza Ranch annual general meeting and i can assure though the meeting is carried out in Kikamba(the local language) there were not only a high number of monied people , but also non-kamba’s!

Why may this be unusual? This ranch was owned by locals  mainly of  Mukaa. The other is that they are about to get their shares converted to land plots and these plots are directly opposite the Konza Metropolis. Are they hoping to entice these locals to sell their shares for 1 or 2 million and in a few months cash in on the rising value of that land? Not this time!! This time the locals were educated early and asked to wait for at least 3-5 years when the true value of the land will be seen

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    • szevela
    • November 1st, 2011

    Very good observation bw. Kioko.

    Well, I attended the meeting called by NEMA. My friends and I managed to speak to few shareholders or about 200 of them or there about. The consensus? People want their plots. Well that’s fair enough. But what’s next? It’s like going on retirement without a plan of action. Like golden handshake lumpsum of money award without plan.

    To date we know of shareholders who have so far sold their shares for as little as KSh 3m.

    In my opinion, Konza is prime area with huge potential than Maasai Mara. God gave the mukaa and kilungu (Kilome) people land with every economic resource such as wild life, beautiful land scape (hills & valleys), clean water etc.. A sizable dairy cattle and beef farming has been the only economic activity!

    What a waste of resources. You can feed the entire of Kenya and possibly export enough milk and beef products and still cash in the tourism potential of Konza or should I say entire Kilome…How come no lodges and other attractive recreational facilities such as golf course? Air strip etc.. in Konza? Now that Konza is near the ICT City and the City of Nairobi we are beginning to witness the scramble for Konza and its sorrounding resources. The net effect is that while Konza develops to new status city under new land lords, the local farmers/shareholders lose their long term entitlements and birth rite/inheritance to foreign land lords. The farmers children may end up being the tenants or as it is with African Cities/towns, these children will live in the slums of Konza.

    Leaders must wake up to strengthen rather than break the society/sacco that has united the farmers over the years. The fabric of that community comprising of old people who paid Ksh 7/=, 10/=, and 30/= per share must be sustained. With sound management of Konza investments for the Konza community can promise over USD 300 per member per month.

    The question is, who will talk sense to our people?
    szevela/

    • szevela
    • November 1st, 2011

    Very good observation bw. Kioko.

    Well, I attended the meeting called by NEMA. My friends and I managed to speak to few shareholders or about 200 of them or there about. The consensus? People want their plots. Well that’s fair enough. But what’s next? It’s like going on retirement without a plan of action. Like golden handshake lumpsum of money award without plan.

    To date we know of shareholders who have so far sold their shares for as little as KSh 3m.

    In my opinion, Konza is prime area with huge potential than Maasai Mara. God gave the mukaa and kilungu (Kilome) people land with every economic resource such as wild life, beautiful land scape (hills & valleys), clean water etc.. A sizable dairy cattle and beef farming has been the only economic activity!

    What a waste of resources. You can feed the entire of Kenya and possibly export enough milk and beef products and still cash in the tourism potential of Konza or should I say entire Kilome…How come no lodges and other attractive recreational facilities such as golf course? Air strip etc.. in Konza? Now that Konza is near the ICT City and the City of Nairobi we are beginning to witness the scramble for Konza and its sorrounding resources. The net effect is that while Konza develops to new status city under new land lords, the local farmers/shareholders lose their long term entitlements and birth rite/inheritance to foreign land lords. The farmers children may end up being the tenants or as it is with African Cities/towns, these children will live in the slums of Konza.

    Leaders must wake up to strengthen rather than break the society/sacco that has united the farmers over the years. The fabric of that community comprising of old people who paid Ksh 7/=, 10/=, and 30/= per share must be sustained. With sound management of Konza investments for the Konza community can promise over USD 300 per member per month.

    The question is, who will talk sense to our people?

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