With the new financial year set to begin on 1st July the Ministry Of Information, Communications And Telecommunication (ICT) has allocated up to Sh17.8 billion for mostly putting in place infrastructure to the ‘Africa’s Silicon Savannah.’
This is 77 percent of the Sh23 billion that the National Treasury has allocated to the ICT Ministry. The government has been pumping a large sum of money from its budget over the past years for the accomplishment of Kenya’s vision 2030.
Konza city is meant to be an IT business hub, sitting on a 5,000-acre site 70 kilometers from Nairobi. In recent years Kenyan government has been granting the city Sh10 billion annually for its development.
The tech city, which was mooted about a decade ago and is expected to put Kenya at the same level as other tech cities in the world, including India’s Bangalore, has, however, been slow to materialize. According to a breakdown by Treasury on how the funds will be used, Sh12 billion will be used on horizontal infrastructure. This includes putting in place utilities such as roads, power, and water supply. The money will also be spent on building ICT networks, a wastewater reclamation facility as well as public facility buildings such as police and fire stations.
Konza Data Center and the smart city has been allocated Sh5.2 billion whereas Sh400 million is set for the construction of an additional office block additionally, Sh200 million is allocated for hiring a consultant to develop the second phase of the Konza Technopolis Masterplan. Konza Technopolis Development Authority (Kotda), which is charged with overseeing the implementation of the grand tech project, recently said it had completed the first phase of the office block that is already in use for administrative work.
The county governments of Machakos, Makueni, and Kajiado in April suspended the issuance of new development permits in the area falling within a 10-kilometer radius of Konza for a period of 90 days.