Kakamega

…The making of a leader series…

By Collins Matubwi

As I walked along the pavements towards the Administration Block of St Peters Boys High School -Mumias, I met Peter Omondi Mango, my former teacher and a Kiswahili linguist in the region.

Mango a holder of a Master’s Degree in Kiswahili is among the wheeler-dealers (fixers) at the Catholic sponsored school  who have ensured that besides it being the best performing schools in the region, it also maintains its prestige in co-curriculum activities.

Peter Omondi Mango – A Kiswahili teacher at St Peter’s Boys Mumias

Arguably, St Peter’s Boys Mumias that is under the steady leadership of Cosmas Nabungolo, a renowned football coach in East and Central Africa- is also among the top performing schools in Kiswahili language in Western region.

“I’ve taught in over four schools in Nyanza region but none of them can be equated to what we do here at St Peters Boys. We also have a very supportive principal (Mr Nabungolo) who ensures everything is done to perfection,” said Mr. Mango.

As we sit down for an interview, the celebrated Kiswahili teachers says the secret behind  St Peters Boys success story is the high level of discipline they have instilled in the students as well as maintaining unmatched academic standards  inscribed in its motto “Mens sana in corpore sano: A Sound Mind in a Sound Body”.

Peter Omondi Mango (right) with St Peter’s Boys Mumias Principal Cosmas Nabungolo (left) and students

“I’ve taught in over four schools in Nyanza region but none of them can be equated to what we do here at St Peters Boys. We also have a very supportive principal (Mr Nabungolo) who ensures everything is done to perfection,” said Mr. Mango.

“The ward has had several leaders, but for the first time, it will be under good servant leadership. We need to invest more in Education, Agriculture, expand SMEs and fast track infrastructural development in the area thus opening up job opportunities for our youths,” said Mango.

Mango, 42, is a father of five children and a devoted husband of one under the staunch patronage and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Faith and now is eyeing to join politics in the 2022 general elections as a ward rep representing the electorate of the Isongo/Malaha/Makunga ward in Mumias East Constituency.

Peter Omondi Mango – A Kiswahili teacher at St Peter’s Boys Mumias (right) playing football

“The ward has had several leaders, but for the first time, it will be under good servant leadership. We need to invest more in Education, Agriculture, expand SMEs and fast track infrastructural development in the area thus opening up job opportunities for our youths,” said Mango.

He added: “We used to brew chang’aa (illicit brew) or work on other people’s farms to get school fees.  After excelling in my secondary education, I wanted to take a course in Medicine and Surgery but that did not come to fruition, as there was no school fees. We want to stop that narrative by ensuring that all students who have passed exams join universities of their choice,’

Peter Omondi Mango – A Kiswahili teacher at St Peter’s Boys Mumias

Mango says when he was almost giving up, Colomban Nanzushi who at one time was the Principal of Namulungu and St Ignatius Mukumu Boys high school encouraged him not to give up in life and that is how he pursued teaching and succeeded.

Mango is an alma mater of Isongo Primary and Isongo secondary school. He went to Maseno University for his undergraduate studies and masters.

Apart from his teaching profession and politics, Mango a talented footballer and volleyball player cum coach.

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