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GPRN/NSCN throws light on recent development within party

GPRN/NSCN leaders addressing media persons on Thursday.

MB Neokpao Konyak-Alezo Venuh-Samson camp of the GPRN/NSCN affirms its stand on the ouster of former Ato Kilonser N Kitovi Zhimomi.

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent

Advisor to the collective leadership of GPRN/NSCN Azheto Chophy on Thursday shed light on the recent development going on within the group. In a hurriedly called press conference held at Khehoyi designated Camp, Niuland, the MB Neokpao Konyak-Alezo Venuh-Samson camp has affirmed its stand on the ouster of former Ato Kilonser N Kitovi Zhimomi.

Addressing the media at its Council Headquarters, Khehoyi, “Brig” Kiyeto Zhimomi underlined and asserted that the impeachment and expulsion of N Kitovi Zhimomi from its organizational fold has been confirmed. Top leaders of the GPRN/NSCN (Khehoyi Camp) attended the press briefing.

Kiyeto Zhimomi said that on April 21 last, N Kitovi Zhimomi was “removed” from his chair and also as the envoy to the collective leadership. Instead of him, Alezo Venuh was elected as the new chairman of the GPRN/NSCN.  Kiyeto is reported to have stated that Kitovi was welcome return to the fold he wished to. However, GPRN/NSCN put up a condition that the former Ato Kilonser should agree to work under Presidentship of “General (retired)” MB Neokpao Konyak and Alezo Venuh as Ato Kilonser.
Kiyeto also added that Kitovi was “impeached and expelled” on grounds of acting contrary to the Yehzabo (Constitution) and accused him of taking “unilateral decisions” and functioning with “dictatorial style”.

Counter attacking on Zhimomi’s claim of establishing the Khehoyi Unification camp, Kiyeto rubbished the claim and pointed out that the former Ato Kilonser set foot in the camp three months after it was set up. Kitovi has also been allegedly blamed for siphoning off land compensation fund received from the Government of India for establishing the camp. GPRN/NSCN said that Kitovi called the May 28 “National Assembly” but this was “illegitimate” as per the GPRN/NSCN Constitution.

A statement being forwarded from the GPRN/NSCN president MB Meokpao Konyak reasserted that Kitovi Zhimomi’s removal was based on the “party principle” and “Yezabo” (Constitution). Konyak said he would never allow anyone to claim the Unification camp  and added that ever since his appointment as Commander-in-Chief of the Naga Army till date, he has been at Khehoyi camp as the permanent base.

GPRN/NSCN stated that after returning from a tour of the Konyak Region on March 27, they visited Kitovi (Zhimomi) at his residence to apprise him of the situation there and asked him to come to Khehoyi camp the next day but Kitovi reportedly did not turn up despite agreeing to. Kitovi also failed to turn up even during special Government functions, and till April 19 last, this year. On April 21, at the emergency National Tatar Hoho, Zhimomi’s alleged misconduct was deliberated with the Assembly reportedly raising the question of “one person or the government.’ Neokpao Konyak said that all the allegations against Kitovi Zhimomi were “proven to be valid”. He also rejected the allegation that army chief Samson Aye organised a military coup to remove Zhimomi.

The development followed within days after the N Kitovi Zhimomi-led GPRN/NSCN (Unification) held its annual day on May 28 at 5th Mile Model Village, Chumoukedima.


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