Wangtin on impeachment of Khango Konyak

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/4/2018 11:34:14 AM IST

NSCN (R) president, Y. Wangtin Naga on Tuesday said he was shocked to hear about the impeachment of ‘gen.’ (retd.) Khango Konyak as NSCN (K) president, when Naga people needed the services of senior and experienced people at this juncture. 

In a press note through its MIP, Wangtin said Khango was handpicked by SS. Khaplang, the mentor of NSCN (K) when he was alive. He said the main reason why late SS. Khaplang appointed Khango Konyak as his successor so that the institution of NSCN (K) was not misused by someone or manipulated by vested interest.

As the convener of Naga Myanmar ceasefire group, Wangtin recalled that when he returned from Mandalay, after completion of ceasefire agreement in August 2012, late Khaplang had warned him of the danger from Myanmar government on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) issue. Wangtin said Khaplang had told him that Nagas should not sign the NCA under any circumstances, since the main idea of NCA was “to maintain oneness of Myanmar under single administration and consolidate military system to strengthen union of Myanmar.”

He said late Khaplang had also strictly warned Khango to be away from NCA, since it will amount to surrendering Nagas’ right for sovereignty.

However, Wangtin said the current problem for the young leader of NSCN (K), was how to become the part of NCA. 

“Since I also love the Naga Nation want NSCN (K) to be part of said agreement to regain the lost territories,” he said. Wangtin said large chunk of Nagas’ fertile valley along with British established port towns like Homlin and Khamti including business towns like Thamanti, Doungdot and Pongpin had gone to Shan community, while port town like Tenai and growing business hub, Singbwiyang were officially annexed by Kachin state. 

Wangtin said his idea on signing NCA was that, all these lost territories must be given back to the Nagas by Myanmar government through official notification.

In this regard, Wangtin said he had handed over all Myanmar-Naga ceasefire related documents along with Naga map covering all lost territories to Konyak Union- Myanmar, and instructed the latter to hand them over to Naga Yuya in the first part of 2018. 

Wangtin said he had also shared his views to the Eastern Naga Students Association (ENSA) on ‘Naga Independence Day 2018’ at Mon Town to meet NSCN (K) leadership and advice them to sign NCA and retrieve back the lost territories. 

Therefore, he said since late SS. Khaplang had warned Khango not to participate in NCA

business, Khango upheld his mentor’s advice. 

Wangtin opined that the young leadership of NSCN (K) should have convinced their leader Khango instead of humiliating him by impeaching. 

With regard to the issue of holding multiple ministries by Khango, Wangtin said the young Pangmi leaders should recall how late SS. Khaplang had also held important ministries and posts like-- vice chairman post, ato kilonser, defense and home etc. However, no one went against him. Rather Wangtin said they travelled for more than 20 days from Mon to where late SS. Khaplang was, be it Jummnyu or Teka before signing the ceasefire with the Union of Myanmar. 

He claimed that “meeting was incomplete unless one carried cash amount of few lakhs for his ration and day to day expenditure.” Whereas in the case of Khango, he lived in Pangmi area, Wangtin said adding “but my beloved Pangmi brothers did not respect and honour their leader instead, they summon him, which was first of its kind in the history of Naga national movement…” 

Wangtin said the leaders must recall how they loved and cared late Khaplang, but their act openly displayed how cruel and selfish they were, drawing a line between the Nagas of India and Myanmar. 

He also pointed what he meant by ‘clear line’ drawn by the Pangmi brothers between Naga leaders of India and Myanmar. He said the first attack on Nagas of Indian side was killing of the followers of late Isak Swu and Th. Muivah in1988 “for small misunderstanding”. 

Wangtin alleged that late Khaplang directed Konyak Naga army led by ‘gen.’ (retd) Khole to attack late Isak Swu and Th. Muivah’s followers and killed hundreds of them in Eastern jungle, which was very painful and dark chapter in Naga history. After that incident, he said Konyak people chose to be with Khaplang.

Wangtin claimed that the second attack on Indian side Naga leaders was the humiliation of ‘gen.’ (retd) Khole, the then chief of the Army Staff and N. Kitovi, the then ato kilonser in 2011 June, where both the leaders were impeached by late Khaplang. “Even that incident did not shake the unity of the Konyak with late Khaplang,” he added. 

The third attack was expulsion of P. Tikhak and himself (Wangtin) on March 27, 2015 by late SS Khaplang, without any warning despite fighting tooth and nail for his (late Khaplang) cause. Yet, Konyak people led by Khango Konyak chosed to be with SS. Khaplang, he added.

Fourthly, another attack on Naga leaders of Indian side was August 17, 2018 when “Khango was impeached by the sapling of late Khaplang, most of who are Pangmi brothers.”

Considering all these, Wangtin asked the Pangmi brothers as to why they had gone this far against fellow Naga brothers mostly of Indian side Naga country? 

He said such act of drawing a clear line between two brothers and future generation should be condemned. “No one however strong he may be can undo what have been done on fellow Nagas by them,” he said, adding “now, let them do whatever they want without interference from fellow Nagas of Indian side.”

However, Wangtin said they should not miss the opportunity to regain the lost territories. 

In the case of Nagas of Indian side, Wangtin said the leaders have officially declared Naga Independence on August 14, 1947, 72 years ago which was reaffirmed by Naga National Plebiscite in 1951. 

With the ongoing political talks between Nagas and India, Wanting said they were expecting an “internationally acceptable solution sooner than later.”

While reminding that though the Eastern Nagas needed the support and co-operation from Western Nagas, Wangtin said it was too late to realize since the chain of relationship had been broken down beyond repair and never to return back again.


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