, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) Chief Executive Officer Catherine Adeya-Weya is set to exit the authority at the end of January.
This follows the conclusion of her tenure having served the Authority since 2013.
The board will name the new CEO within two months.
KoTDA Board Chairman, John Ngumi says Adeya-Weya was instrumental in operationalising KoTDA to begin the initial infrastructure work at Konza Techno City.
“The board is truly regretful to see her leave this executive role, understands her reasons for moving on to other tasks, thanks her for keeping the faith in Konza, and for helping steer this dream to a point where it is now possible to envisage its realisation,” Ngumi said.
Ngumi expressed his confidence in the continuation of the project citing Adeya-Weya’s personal effort in establishing a solid foundation for the project during her tenure.
“Her personal oversight and dedication to the Konza Techno City project has left an indelible mark on the authority,” he added.
Ngumi outlined various milestones of Konza projects under Adeya-Weya tenure that includes completion and implementation of a detailed Master Plan for Phase 1 (400 acres), obtaining approval of Konza’s Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) among others.
Other projects include, completion of a Cadastral Survey Groundwork which ensures investors can precisely locate their project sites, equipping the initial seven boreholes, with a 1,000 cubic metres capacity, to enable infrastructure and development work to commence, connection of initial 415 volt power line among others.
“Dr Adeya-Weya leaves an extraordinary legacy of progress. It is not easy to get a start-up underway in any circumstances and much tougher when the aim is transformational change. It takes a true believer, and extraordinary commitment and leadership qualities, to have the kind of impact that Dr Adeya-Weya has had, “Ngumi added.
The project is considered an integral part of Vision 2030 as it seeks to leverage and expand technology and other knowledge-based sectors, as well as contribute at least Sh10 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).