All roads within Syokimau Estate will be tarmacked starting from October 2015, according to a tender advertisement made by the Machakos County Government on July 30, 2015.
The announcement is part of the recent maendeleo chap chap initiative unveiled by Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua. All the eight constituencies in Machakos County will have some of the roads serving them tarmacked.
The roads project will be preceded by a street lighting initiative that begins from September 1, 2015 and covers several places within Machakos Country including Mlolongo.
Currently Syokimau has only 2 kilometers of tarmacked road whose construction ended in February 2013. Sections of the tarmac on Katani Road, which residents sometimes refer to as nusu lami has massive potholes. Other major roads within Syokimau Estate include Community Road, Mwananchi Rod, Kiungani Road, Airport Road, Parliament Road and Quarry Road. The latter is used by trucks.
For several years Syokimau Residents Association has held numerous meetings with multiple government agencies seeking upgrading of roads within the estate.
Many residents have also taken it upon themselves to mobilize funding from fellow residents to provide urgent repairs on sections of the key roads, particularly during rainy seasons.
Once the upgrade of roads to bitumen standards is completed, many motorists will indeed breathe a sigh of relief from not only reduced wear and tear on their vehicles; but also from the inconvenience of getting stuck in mud during the rainy seasons.
The Shoebaru, Legsus, Walkwagen, Toeyota and Footsubishi owners will also be spared the agony of dust during the dry season and having to carry gumboots or an extra pair of shoes in the jamatope season.
By Eric Ombok