The 10th death anniversary of late Vamuzo, former state chief minister, organized by the Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) was observed on Monday at Yoruba village, Phek district.
Addressing the gathering at Yoruba village local ground, state Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio recalled the great contribution made by late Vamuzo during his lifetime and described him as “a man of integrity and hardcore regionalist till his dead on March 22, 2000”.
Rio particularly mentioned the contribution of late Vamuzo in introduction of Village Development Board (VDB), the Compact Area Development Scheme(CADS ) now renamed as Local Area Development Programme (LADP), rural housing scheme and reservation for the backward communities , adding though he was no more with us today , but his good works still continue and are still alive.
Stating that late Vamuzo face many turbulent times and also being in opposition bench of several times, the state chief minister said that lateVamuzo stood firm and had a political vision and wanted all the Nagas, the undergrounds and over grounds to be united together , in order of solve the Naga political problem. Lashing out of the attitude of the Indian government to impose its rule over Nagas, Rio said that in order to preserve the Naga identity and unique way of life it is always better to ensure that regional party should run the government and regretted that India, which is called the biggest democracy on several times suppressed the regional party, though having the mandate of the people. Rio and his cabinet colleagues also laid wreaths at late Vamuzo burial ground. Upon his arrival in Chazouba, state Chief Minister inaugurated the late Vamuzo Memorial Town Hall.
Releasing the brochure of late Vamuzo and giving a reminiscence of his association with Lt Vamuzo, minister for Higher Education and Urban Development, Dr. Shiirhozelie Liezietsu shared the good and bad times of their association and revealed that they met for the first time in Kohima in early sixties and that association continued till late Vamuzo’s dead.
He also endorsed the suggestion made by Social welfare and Women development parliamentary secretary C. Sazo that March 22 or his birth day October 17 be declared as the “VDB Day”. Earlier his note of welcome address and tribute to late Vamuzo, Social welfare and women development parliamentary secretary C. Sazo appealed to the state Chief Minister to declare March 22 or his birth day October 17 as the “VDB Day”.
In his address on the topic “late Vamuzo as a visionary”, minister for Health and Family Welfare, Küzholüzo Nienu opined that late Vamuzo’s life and contributions need to be thoroughly researched so that people could learn and understand his vision more clearly.
Azo recalled that late Vamuzo’s political philosophy was based mainly on two issues Naga National cause and the Village Development Board/ De-centralization of power to the village. Concluding his speech, the minister said that late Vamuzo was a dynamic, humble and a visionary leader. He was a legend in his own and his legacy will continue to live on.
Acknowledging the gathering Sano Vamuzo thanked all people for supporting their family. Songs were presented by Yoruba, Phiisachodu and Riizazho villages. Earlier the function was chaired by Timikha Koza, convenor, organizing committee, invocation prayer by Rev Pukrolhii Lohe, Pastor Yoriiba Baptist Church, vote of thanks by Soveni President CPO Co and closing prayer by Rev. Khriitsoyi Liiriio, state chaplain.