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104 Form One students fail to report for school

21st February 2012
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A total of 104 students selected to join Form One in Msamaka Secondary School located in Mahezangulu ward, Bumbuli constituency in Lushoto District have not reported.

This was revealed by the secretary to the Bumbuli Member of Parliament, Hozza Mandia, who said only 14 students had so far reported to the school.

He was contributing to a discussion on education development in the constituency organised by Tamota ward development committee.

Mandia said the situation was a great shame to the area, especially because, it threatens the very existence of the school.

In his contribution, the Bumbuli division officer, Husuda Omari, said she had instructed hamlet and village executives to give reports of students who were yet to report to their respective schools.

The division officer stressed that they needed the reports in order to take legal measures against parents and guardians of the students who have failed to ensure their children report to school.

Earlier, Tamota ward councilor, Bakari Banda accused the Ward Executive Officer Paul Mgonja of squandering of millions of shillings, calling for legal action against him.

Banda told members of the committee that the executive has been misappropriating the public funds including money kept in the bank by forging meeting minutes.

It was alleged that Mgonja had forged a ward meeting minutes and obtained a total of 10m/-.

Responding to the allegations, Mgonja said he was surprised by claims made by the members while everything was running smoothly under the principles of justice, accountability and good governance.

“I am surprised by the remarks being made by the ward councilor. We met and agreed in the meeting on what to do with the money. So how come I am being accused of stealing the money?” Mgonja asked.

However, members of the committee including village chairpersons, denied that they had met as claimed by the officer.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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