By Kenyon Stronski
Under invitation from the governor’s office of Siaya County last winter, Mayor Andrew Prokop and Director of Finance John Orwa planned and made a trip to Siaya County over the summer — managing to complete a variety of goals and gain valuable insight on how things operate differently.
The purpose of the trip was multi-faceted, with talks on twinning, working on solutions to wastewater, potable water and irrigation, and cultural learning.
“As you may be aware, myself and Mr. John Orwa did a visit to Kenya under invitation from the governor’s office last winter, and it was approved by council to go to Siaya County regarding their twinning ask. This stemmed from a 2018 visit with our Siaya delegation and we had a memorandum of understanding at that time to go further with this, with the pandemic and everything else, which was what delayed that. We attended to deal with the twinning arrangement, garbage trucks for their benefit, irrigation, water and wastewater, collaborative efforts, and some visits that were educational. We did have a $12,000 budget and our expenditure was $10,981. We were under budget and making our financial expert, Mr. John Orwa a very happy guy in that regard.”
Prokop said upon arrival, they met the deputy governor and their protocol officer that was assigned to them for the duration of the trip. Their plane landed around 1 p.m., however, they were hit by a three-hour delay, where Prokop noted their invitees waited around three hours for the mayor to make it through airport security.
Orwa would step to the stand to speak about the mayor’s welcoming committee, where traditional dancers would dance and sing in praise of the mayor.
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