I know you have heard of the phrase Silicon Savannah somewhere. It is what the Government is trying to do with Konza City with the aim of making Kenya the leading IT destination in Africa. It is awesome idea but way before anybody thought of Silicon Savannah, Ngong Road emerged as the real tech hot spot in Kenya. The incubation and idea generation centers like iHub, Nailab, Mlab East Africa , 88mph..all have contributed to tech revolution taking place in the areas along the Ngong Road.
But the great work done so far is about to be undone by the latest outbreak of the security threats along Ngong Road. Apparently the thugs have studied the individuals working in iHub, Nailab, Mlab and understood that they always carry laptops, Mobile phones, tablets and other valuables in their bags. Several people have been mugged, losing laptops and other things just outside the Bishop Magua centre in the last few weeks. Here is part f the email warning from Nailab Administrator
It has come to my attention that a series of muggings have been taking place outsideof Bishop Magua. Apparently, 4 muggings happened last week. The muggers (2 of them) are on motorcycles and these incidents happen usually from 7 pm. Please be watchful as you are walking and be mindful of your environments. Spread this message around to your friends & team-mates who may not be aware of this.
Before this nonsense came up, people used to work smoothly up to any time they like. Yes, doing their contributions to that 24 hour economy thing and it was starting to take shape nicely. But now everyone is scared. I know much has been said of the people who say “Tunaomba serikali” …well, it goes without saying that at this point the tech community wanaomba serikali . The Government should urgently provide security patrols along Ngong Road to avoid more incidences of people being mugged…..