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KonzaCity in Makueni according to Government Draft Bill!

The Kenya Technopolis Development Authority Draft Bill (here) Article 8 (4) page 8 clearly lists Board of Directors that includes one Governor ie ‘The Governor of the Makueni County or his designate Alternative’ as a board member.

A governor can surely only preside over what is under his jurisdiction unlike what is being carried out in stories in Media and the internet citing the city is in other counties!

Other Provisions to note in the draft bill include:

1. No person shall be eligible for employment as an officer or servant of the Authority if he has directly or indirectly by himself or through his partner, any share or interest in any
contract or proposed contract with for or on behalf of the Authority.  

2. No person shall(a) carry on business in or (b) hold himself out as providing or maintaining activities or facilities within Konza Technopolis except under and in accordance With a license issued under this act.

3. From date of business establishment in Konza businesses are exempt from income tax for 10 years and limited to 15% for next 10 years.

4. Businesses in Konza Technopolis are exempt from VAT or VAT for goods/services used within the city

5. Exemption from stamp duties on execution of activities related to the business activities of enterprises located within Konza Technopolis.

Some of these provisions entrench integrity while some create room for possible abuse by parties involved eg by encouraging use of both imported goods & labour from their home countries verses seeking local services where available contrary to provisions of vision 2030 from which the project is envisioned. ! 

In the Tax section there is need to ask ourselves as citizens if what we loose out is not more than what we stand to gain eg *if say Safaricom (as an example) were not to pay the 30% income tax [ year 2012 would translate to 30% of pre tax profit 25.5 billion = 7.65billion]. Do that to 20 companies including multinationals you have lost 150 billion annually. This is only one tax exempt, Can you justify even 200,000 or 1,000,000 jobs annually for this loss for 10 years?

Have a look at this draft bill and give your input before This Sunday 4th August 2013 to Konza@ict.go.ke or http://www.konzaCity.co.ke

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Do these figures Make sense to Kilome People?

Concepts are good, as what we use daily was first dreamt on by someone then made into reality.

OUR Dear City:
Project Cost:7 billion US Dollars to create 200,000 jobs

Average cost of Job :7billion USD(cost of city) divided by 200,000jobs =USD35,000 x ksh80 = ksh2.8million spent to create 1(one) job
Can somebody show me exactly how this job will create back Ksh2.8million plus interest on this borrowed money?
~ Ksh 4billion+ released through budget allocation since project began, visible on ground is a fence, launch plaque, and about 3metres of wall next to it.
~ Did I hear of law passed requiring 10% of tendering go to youth? 10% of 4billion is 400million Ksh, which youth received any of this?
~this 400million would provide 20,000 households within Kilome(that is every household/family of kilome) with personal 27,000ltr dams each within their shambas for irrigation (see example).*A concept done and working in kilome! That’s how to modernize agriculture ukambani…
*kilome has 19,631 households according to Kenya Bureau of statistics
*25% of total cost of city would give EVERY homestead in Makueni county, Machakos county, Kajiado county & Kitui county a greenhouse and a 125,000 Cubic metre dam each!

POINTS TO CONSIDER ABOUT PROJECT:
1. When you go ‘IT’, you eliminate boundaries as internet is worldwide!
Where as manual jobs are local in competition, IT opens up competition with the world ie over 2billion IT users worldwide – Have we prepared our people for this?
2. We expect to earn by companies operating here. They pay through 3 basic taxes
-Corporate tax minimum 30%(companies here have been exempted ie Not paying)
-Stamp duty minimum 2%(Companies here have been exempted)
-Vat 18% (Duty free for imports for business).
Where will country earn money to pay back this loan with No Taxes Paid?
*A business person will aim to import as much as they can to avoid tax on purchases!
3. When ‘development partners’ give loans most is for consultancy which they either provide themselves or push for their own to get. They have done superb +ve business in their books, we have to pay back plus interest, where are we earning in this picture?
4. The word ‘Jobs‘ is easily understandable though locals are now asking where they will fit in the class of Jobs according to standards set and here’s why
– most have never had electricity in their lives. I walk 2kms to charge my phone + 2kms back home as electricity runs mainly along main roads here.
– The city is IT based ie ‘information relayed via information technology’. *I personally have NEVER heard/seen a primary/secondary school in the whole region that is Internet Connected!
I went to Ministry of information to enquire about access of region to the fiber optic National Network that’s said to run through the center of Kilome along the main road (mombasa rd). Answer: we are yet to make last mile connection(5yrs later?)
But there is connection via Mobile Networks? First mobile phones are illegal in schools(therefore mobile internet ‘X’ through educational institutions), secondly I personally have attempted to update antivirus software via modems within the region very Unsuccessfully, beyond 20MegaBytes networks start disconnecting!
– So the city is IT based and it’s residents/neighbours are IT illiterate because of lack of access to Electricity & Internet connectivity. Therefore when Jobs become available ‘In the City’ they mostly will go to outsiders who are IT literate.
*Big question here is how we are preparing our citizens for this facility
5. Bufferzone for Konzacity is earmarked mainly for ‘modern agriculture’. Good, because most locals are farmers.
*BUT what no one is saying is who will teach the locals this modern agriculture, and who will foot the bill to teach? and if they are to be taught will they abandon their present shambas to practice it at Konza?

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Konzacity – Family activities around the city

Swimming:
At ‘Kabesta’ – Malili Township, just after Konzacity if coming from Nairobi. Has giraffe and zebra sculptures at the entrance

Food:
Kabesta (tel: 0727297666) – Malili
Nedland inn (tell:0722508519 or 0723414996)- Malili
Kathongole Hill View inn (also has open verander sitting spaces). Located about a kilometer after Malili on your left from Nairobi.

Accomodation:
Nedland Inn (Malili) centre
Kathongole Hill View Inn

Mbizi Choma(Roast Goat)
Can be arranged on any of the hills of Kilome (family/groups). Foods(chapati, rice, stews): book 0722891689

Picnic/sight seeing:
Kilome hills, entry left at Salama (100kms from Nairobi)
Alt: email for map kilomeinvestments@gmail.com

Cycling:
Those with children with bicycles or have their own can try ‘Kenze Hill’ or ‘kiima kiu’

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Konzacity pt4 – The Konza Bufferzone plan

To retain the Value of Konzacity a 10km bufferzone was created. That 10kms zone is land held/occupied by communities, institutions and individuals. The Government as a regulator has seen it fit to direct all upcoming developments within this zone so as to enable them provide quality services creating workability around the city and in turn adding maximum value to everyone investing their time or resources there. Subdivisions and further developments without approval were therefore made illegal.
To do this Konza Technopolis Development Authority was created (KOTDA), and this authority has planned 6 zones (a, b, c, d, e & f) around the city.

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Zone a: covers the area west of Konzacity ie accross the current railway line (in Kajiado county) that includes Waami Hills see here. This area is being looked at as an area to develop ecotourism

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Zone b: covers 6 lines of approved commercial 2acre plots (originally konza Ranch) opposite the front of KonzaCity along mombasa road. This zone has been set as a ‘Sustained Urbanization Zone’

Zone c: Is the zone bordering zone b eastwards (formally Konza ranch). The area is set as ‘Modern Agricultural Zone’

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Zone d: commonly refered to as ‘Malili Township’ along mombasa road. All plots here are officially approved as 50×100 formerly Malili ranch commercial zone *(if not sure of zones limit visit any land selling office in that township and ask to see Malili Ranch subdivisions map). As you can see above, it is a small area! Area is set as ‘Sustainable Commerce Zone’

Zone e: All areas around Malili Township extending south and east to Konza railway line form this zone set as ‘Modern Agriculture Zone’

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Zone f: is Konza township area along the old/current railway

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This is set to be made a ‘commuting/transport hub’

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Konza Technology City (pt3) – Phase 1 Plan

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Phase 1 takes 5years and is composed of 4 sections

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1. Entry Plaza
2. Office Band
3. Science & Technology band
4. Residential band (High density, Medium density and Low density)

Here are some envisioned structures:

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These will be supported by:

a) A 300,000 cubic metre Water Dam providing piped water for kilungu to the city & environs from Thwake River(*already financed and being constructed!). Tentatively 4 boreholes have been sunk on site for those who have began

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b) Nairobi~Mombasa road Dual carriageway currently running upto Athi River WILL be extended to Konzacity starting January 2014-2016 in 2phases.

c) A standard Gauge rail that can achieve speeds of upto 160kph, taking 40minutes to nairobi & 20minutes to Jomo Kenyatta international Airport Nairobi is to be launched in a months time on top of the already existing rail system being upgraded

Developments at Konza and it’s sorroundings will be overseen by ‘Konza Technocity Development Authority – KOTDA’ see http://konzacity.co.ke

*A walk through animation on this 1st phase will be put up on  http://konzacity.co.ke soon

*Part 4 shall cover The 10km Buffer zone plan

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…are you in an agriculture, tourism or commercial zone?

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Konzacity (pt 2) – President Kibaki Officially Launches Konzacity

President of the Republic of Kenya HE Mwai Kibaki today officially Launched Konzacity Construction with phase 1 set to be completed within 5years. image

Projects launched at the site included:
– Start of master plan phase 1(will feature in next 2 articles)
– Construction of Business and Information resource Centre Konzacity (walls coming up seen in picture above)
– Machinery for construction of infrustracture in Konzacity and environs ie roads, water, drainage, power, etc
– Official construction iniciation for New centres of operation for 14 International and Local firms that include RIM (research in motion – makers of blackberry), Huawei (makers of IDEOS), Safaricom, Toyota Corporation training Centre, Technical University of Kenya, amoung others

Arriving by road slightly after 2.00pm(EAT). He was met by the Vice President Hon Kalonzo Musyoka and ALL teams that have made this Vision 2030 project a reality.

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He then proceeded to launch various aspects of the project as he unveiled a commemorative plaque

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before addressing both investors(local & international) and the public

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*Next part will feature the plan including phase one. Here’s a preview

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Konza City Ground breaking(Pt1)

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Airforce arrives
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Welcome at road entry to Konzacity
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All guests: locals and dignitaries equally ushered in and given launch pamphlets
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Local administrators from sorrounding districts
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Toilets provided for general public
* why feature toilets? This was just a taste of what the common villager will be seeing in service standards from the Government. As we shall see in this 4part series on todays events

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