PDVCU, GBAP react to ZPO statement

DIMAPUR, SEP 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/20/2019 12:13:53 PM IST

Sharply reacting to the recent statement issued by Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO) president Ramdi Meru and general secretary Kiepeube Zehuny, the Peren District Village Chairmen Union (PDVCU) and GB Association Peren (GBAP) have accused the duo of showing total disregard to their own tribesmen by openly defying the decision, the voice and sentiment of Zeliang people of Nagaland.

In a press release, PDVCU president Namgong Ipuing and GBAP general secretary Hingthung asserted that Zeliang people during the general convention held at Jalukie Town on September 13, 2019 decided to clear the confusions over the existence of parallel ZPOs for once and all. 

They said the convention was people’s initiative headed by Zeme Council and Liangmai Council without any political colour/favour. 

The signatories maintained that every recognized Zeliang village authority, Church representatives, women and youth representatives from each village with ZOA and representatives of other organizations from Zeme and Liangmai sub-tribes took a historic decision unanimously to dissolve the two ZPOs and install “Zeliang Tribal Council Nagaland” to be an apex organization of Zeliangs of Nagaland. “This is the informed and consented decision of Zeliang Village Authorities,” they said.

PDVCU and GBAP stated that the statement by the Ramdi Meru and Kiepeube Zehuny, who did not “have guts to face its own people not to talk of mandate and rejecting the decision of Zeliangs”, was viewed with seriousness. 

Therefore, PDVCU and GBAP have warned any individuals especially Ramdi Meru and Kiepeube Zehuny taking the name of a registered society maligning the entire tribe with wild allegations of “paid gathering” with ulterior motives would be dealt with “as per our customary practice.”

Apologising to the government and its agencies, Naga political groups and Tribe hohos for the confusion, the PDGBU and GBAP reiterated that “Zeliang Tribe Council Nagaland” was the only authorised body to represent Zeliangs of Nagaland in any platforms. 

Further, the two bodies have appealed all responsible not to entertain such individuals in the name of the tribe. “This clarification and appeal will the last and final call to one and all on this issue,” they stated.



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