Musoma Rural Member of Parliament Nimrod Mkono has threatened to take over Oswald Mang’ombe Secondary School, which is owned by the government, due to alleged government failure to run it efficiently.
Mkono, who is also an advocate, issued the threat yesterday after officiating at the launch of the school's new board at Butuguri village in Musoma district.
According to him, he sponsored construction of the school at a cost of more than 10bn/- with a view to realising the wish of late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere to put up a new school in the area with standards equal to those of schools in neighbouring Kenya.
However, he said, once it was built he handed it over to President Jakaya Kikwete to ensure that students from poor families got quality education.
Mkono said one year had passed since he handed over the school to the government, but the latter was yet to build houses for teachers, supply it with enough teachers and ensure that other essential services for a science school to operate were in place.
“I asked the President if the government was ready and able to manage the school, and the answer was yes. Unfortunately, the school is experiencing a lot of problems as we speak, including lack of water,” he said.
Mkono was elected new chairperson of the new school board. As part of his efforts to give more support to the school, he said a new project under his sponsorship was underway to build teachers’ houses.
According to the MP, the school was among three modern ones which he had built in Mara region.