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WSKH backs Akato Chophi-led NSCN (R)

WSKH backs Akato Chophi-led NSCN (R)
WSKH members with functionaries of the Akato-led NSCN (R) group on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/22/2021 1:19:48 PM IST

Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) has announced its unflinching support to Akato Chophi-led NSCN (Reformation).

Addressing media fraternity at the residence of Akato Chophi at Hoito village on Monday, WSKH president S Vihuto Yeputho claimed that the hoho had been supporting Akato since 2017, when he was vice president of NSCN (R). He said a meeting was held at Thilixu block 1 in 2017 where WSKH expressed full support to Akato, adding that the hoho had also requested formation of a different faction led by him at that time.

Yeputho,however maintained that Akato decided to join hands with the collective leadership of NSCN (R) whereby he was elected as the vice president.

He asserted that WSKH would continue to offer unflinching support to Akato even after its split from NSCN (R).

Clarifying that creation of a new group by Akato would not disturb the ongoing Naga peace process, he said that Government of India should also sign ceasefire agreement with the newly-formed group led by Akato.

Yeputho also clarified that the press meet was called by the WSKH and not at the behest of Akato. WSKH said that since Akato could to move freely, they decided to hold the meeting at the latter’s residence. 

Meanwhile, WSKH judicial adviser Kakuho Awomi claimed that Akato was also the head GB of his village, but he sacrificed his position to work for Naga nation.

As Akato was born and brought up as a citizen of Western Sumi, he said the hoho would continue to support him in all his endeavours. He however clarified that the hoho was not against any faction.

Another WSKH member remarked that the hoho was also in support of Akato’s split from NSCN (R).

Asked on the nomenclature of the faction, WSKH members replied that the matter was best left to the faction to decide, terming it as an “internal issue”. They maintained that the hoho was not involved in formation or split of any party. 

Questioned whether split of Akato from NSCN (R) and formation of another faction would disturb the ongoing Naga peace process, the WSKH leaders said they were never involved in the matter of members or workers changed from one faction to another.

Pointing out that there had been and would be workers shifting from one faction to another, they questioned why this was an issue now when Akato wanted to form a new faction.

They opined that there was no rule that one could not form a faction.

Even though it was better to join hands and work together for Naga solution, they opined that mindset and working ethics were not same, which led to factionalism.

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