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GBs, units oppose Sumi Hoho meeting
Published on 31 Jan. 2011 12:08 AM IST
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More organizations have come out questioning the “self-extended tenure” of the Sumi Hoho (SH) team and have called for postponement of the annual session meeting scheduled on February 3 at Zunheboto.
Altogether five GBs associations and six representatives of different areas under SH in a joint statement said that the current SH president Hokishe Yepthomi modified the Hoho constitution of Article 11 and Special Provision after the three Sumi Hoho units namely Northern Sumi sub-Hoho, GBs Association Pughoboto and Kohima Sumi sub-Hoho questioned the “illegal and unconstitutional functioning of the team.” The 11 organizations said there was no provision under the SH constitution for extension of tenure yet Hokishe claimed that the tenure was extended for three months during the general meeting held on December 1, 2010.
“In view of the unapproved extension of tenure and self-modification of the Constitution by Hokishe Yepthomi, we maintain that the meeting scheduled for February 3, 2010 is illegal and therefore the meeting should be postponed so as to avoid further misunderstanding among the Sumi community,” they said.
The organizations said, since Hokishe was still continuing in office “unconstitutionally,” the meeting called was also “unconstitutional and without authority.” Therefore, the GBs and representatives of the six areas appealed to all Sumi public to exercise wisdom and abstain from attending the February 3 meeting. They also asserted that if the “self-extended tenure team” conduct any meeting and take decision, it shall be “treated as null and void.”
The joint statement was issued by Akuluto Area GBs Association president Hotovi Chishi, Aghunato Area GBs Association Kasuho Yepthomi, Satakha Range GBs Association president Shikato Zhimomi, Aghunato Range GBs Association general secretary Shekiye, Pughoboto GBs Association president Kughakhu Sheqhi and general secretary Kihovi Assumi, representatives of Langki Kiliki Tokhuyi Zhimo and Tokuho Zhimo, Kughai Aye Satoi area, Vihokhu Phuleshe Sata area, Aghunato Urban Area president Suwoto Achumi Lochomi Sumi Hoho executive Nikiye Zhimo and Osutomi village Saptiqa area Nivuto Swu.
Meanwhile, ex-president of SH, Dr. V. C. Kanito said that the “constitutional crisis” of the SH has made the people “perplexed and confused” as Hokishe appeared to be ignorant of the constitution. Quoting reliable sources, Dr. Kanito said that Hokishe had “unconstitutionally” extended his tenure without the approval of the general meting held on December 1, 2010. Stating that such kind of action could lead to unfavourable atmosphere within the Sumi community, the ex-president said responsible leaders should not challenge the principle of their own constitution as the constitution was the basis on which the particular organization stood or functioned. In view of the “constitutional breakdown” of the SH, Dr. Kanito suggested that Hokishe and his team gracefully and democratically demit office in the interest of the people as their term had expired in November 2010. “This is to uphold the Sumi Hoho constitution and also to maintain peace and harmony among the Sumi community” he added.

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