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First and only Naga woman MP, Rano laid to rest

Correspondent Kohima, Apr 2(NPN)
Published on 3 Apr. 2015 1:01 AM IST
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Thousand mourners attended the funeral service of Rano Mese Shaiza, the first and only Naga woman MP, at Ura Academy hall, Kohima, on Thursday. Shaiza was 86. She passed away on April 1 at Kohima after brief illness.
Rev. Candid Sareo, who spoke on behalf of Tangkhul churches and Hoho, described Rano as a good mother, wife, mentor and good teacher. He said hearing of Rano demise many Naga national workers recalled the many helps they received from her and family in times of need. Rev. Sareo said as a “Christian we should celebrate on this day as our faith goes beyond the coffin and as she sleeps here”. Sharing her deeds in her life time, he said life is not important about duration but donation and contribution one had made for the society and people.
Social activist and younger brother of Rano Shaiza, Niketu Iralu, said late Rano has battled together with her husband for the Nagas with determination, will and vision. Iralu said his sister was poor in spirit, humble politician, strong-will and his family was proud of her. He said the family never heard of condemnation and bitterness towards her at any time.
Aziebu Shaiza, youngest son of late Rano, said his mother was a good mentor, strict, gentle, caring and spiritually strong mother. Recalling his mother’s activities, he said she had helped many needy and innocent Nagas especially the Naga national workers who suffered at the hand of the Indian army those days. Aziebu said his mother was one of the best bridges building relationships between Angami and Tangkhul communities. He said his mother never expressed bitterness towards the killers of her husband instead prayed and forgave them. Aziebu expressed gratitude to all the people who gathered to pay last respect and show love to his mother.
The funeral service was led by Rev. Rachülie Vihienuo, pastor Union Baptist Church, Kohima, while special songs were presented by Nibano Swüro titled “His eye is on the sparrow” and family members “The Lord’s my Shepherd,” piano requiem by Sahu Peseyie and funeral rites was administered by Rev. Tsolie Chase, pastor Baptist Church, Khonoma.
Other speakers who spoke in the funeral service included Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu, former minister and NPF president; Mayo Shaiza, youngest brother of Lt. Lungshim Shaiza; and Lhouvitsü Kesiezie. Condolences messages of Neiphiu Rio, MP and former chief minister; Nagaland Governor PB Acharya; Tangkhul Hoho Nagaland; and Chief Minister TR Zeliang were read out. 
Neiphiu Rio and his lady wife; Speaker NLA Chotisüh Sazo; minister Kiyanelie Peseyie, host of dignitaries, family members from Ukhrul and Kohima, friends, MLAs, government officials, well wishers and others attend the funeral service. Later, the mortal remains were taken to Zubza for burial.

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