Since 2014 November the Syokimau Residents Association has worked closely with the relevant government authorities and other stakeholders to achieve key projects in its strategic plan. Some milestones the association has achieved are:-
SRA has to date mobilized over 100 courts which have establishment functional court committees. The journey to sustaining courts was enhanced by the constant sharing of information. Barrack Odero, who the residents celebrate as Ambassador initiated the journey of hosting over 270 SRA Court Leaders on Telegram App. Currently every court has two representatives on this SRA Court Leaders umbrella leaders forum. They communicate daily to update one another and discuss emerging issues in the estate
Naming of courts has continued since January 2015. SRA has issued guidelines for the exercise and is on the verge of harmonizing how one can with ease find location of each court and ultimately a home and other facilities within the estate.
The leap to finding a focal point from where SRA would carry out its day to today activities marked a major milestone in the month of May this year when residents decided to donate relevant office equipment and furniture to activate the office. The office décor was equally sponsored and the first SRA Office Administrator recruited in July. Out of 15 applicants, Ann Kinya, a resident emerged tops and has since assumed office.
SRA embarked on a campaign to secure public spaces within the estate. During a meeting with the Mavoko County, SRA officials were told that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure that all public land are identified and put into effective use. SRA has therefore no reason to take over the responsibility of the government but will always zealously guard public land formally accorded to it on behalf of Syokimau Residents.
Water and Sanitation
SRA shepherded by Water and Sanitation Committee under the able stewardship of Alex Kioko conducted a survey to identify water and sanitation needs. The team lobbied with relevant authorities to fast track provision of clean fresh water and sewer systems.
Residents’ Tujuane Dinner
On 8th May, 2015, the Syokimau Residents Association (SRA) – focused on improving the quality of life among over 12,000 residents, hosted her enthusiastic residents at the premier Business Networking & Residents’ Dinner, christened; TUJUANE DINNER. The eventful night organized by the associations Welfare and Publicity Committee led by Humphrey Odhiambo served as a platform for many positive lessons considering that it was a first ceremony of a kind in Kenya, according to Joseph Kaguthi, chairman of the National Community Policing that with the Nyumba Kumi Initiative in the country.
Prior the hosting of the special ceremony, Jemimah Mungai, marshalled the press notably from Citizen Radio and Television, while Eva Achando was rated the queen having persuaded virtually everyone on the leadership forum to attend the event while Mohammed took the diamond following his courage to talk on phone to virtually over 400 neighbours.
What may have seemed as the longest treacherous journey in taming insecurity after reported deaths of residents, spate of car-jacking incidents, rising cases of burglary, kidnaping, thievery and more is a story of the past. This follows, the residents push to establish the Syokimau Police Post along Mwananchi Rd in February 2015. SRA contributed over Kshs300,000 for water connection, construction of toilets and bathrooms, electricity connection and wiring of the facility among other provisions. The Residents laud the sacrifice extra mile accorded by Major Muange Musau, in going all out to ensure the Police Post was habitable. During the recent rains Mum Immaculate Wanyagah launched an effective campaign to save the post from the floods.
SRA has this year held four major consultative meetings that point at adding value to the residents of Syokimau. Delegations from SRA engage with with the Machakos County Commissioner to highlight areas of insecurities and discuss ways of addressing the same in January 2015 and subsequently with the Machakos County Government Executive on 16 March 2015. Special Consultative meetings were also held with Hon. MP, Mr. Patrick Makau, to discuss development issues and concerns raised by residents and later with the Hon. MCA Madam Rachael Nduku on 20 June.
KAA Second Runway
SRA made submissions on behalf of residents during the Kenya Airports Authority second Runway Environmental Impact Assessment public hearing. The meeting held on 18 February 2015 gave a solid position of the residents that is since being studied by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
Residents of Syokimau conducted the first ever Syokimau Tree Planting Day on 11th April, 2015. The special activity that was steered by Environment Committee ably steered by James Njoroge oversaw a record of 2,000 tree seedlings planted. This first tree planning was sponsored by General Motors. The team launched a five year campaign to plant over 100,000 trees in Syokimau. The second tree planting day sponsored by Kenya Accreditation Service rolled on 26th June 200 trees were planted at the new Syokimau Police Post and its environs.
Infrastructure and Transport Committee
In June, SRA obtained authority from Mavoko County to mount barriers on trunk roads to keep monster trucks off the estate roads. The Infrastructure and Transport Committee led by Victor Ayieko has since erected the barriers at the end of Katani Road. Jacob Kwatembah (KJ), pictured (left) has since demonstrated courage by repulsing errant lorries, sometimes single- handedly. Syokimau celebrates KJ.