Monday, August 8, 2022

NSF clarifies on Naga Club building issue

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has said that Naga Club building in Kohima had been made an “issue of dispute” by some individuals who recently formed a Naga Club and were now not only laying claims as the sole owner of the building in Kohima, but also issuing eviction orders.
In a rejoinder to the statement, NSF president Kegwayhun Tep contended that the main allegation was the reported non-payment of a monthly rent of Rs 500 from May 1983 to date. But, it asked how could it pay rent to an organisation that was formed only in 2017/18.
NSF claimed that its then president late Vizolie Sorhie and general secretary Imkong L Imchen, among other officials, were approached by Naga Club office-bearers and Naga Elders Conference to reclaim the Naga Club building that was then occupied by the Forest Department.
However, as the department refused to hand over the building to its rightful owner (Naga Club) despite several attempts, the federation said late Sorhie, then finance secretary late Mechimvu Ritse, NSF Action Committee member Neingulo Krome and All Nagaland College Students’ Union president Kewezu G Kenye went and broke the lock and occupied the building. Following which, Neivor Rutsa voluntarily provided his vehicle (NLT-309) to assist in shifting NSF office to the building, it added.
Even when the rent for April 1983 was paid and received by then Naga Club’s general secretary late Vilavor Liegise, NSF claimed it was clearly mentioned “with the good consent of mutual understanding”, which was to facilitate and legitimise that “Naga Club” was the owner of the building which at that point in time was also being claimed by another group of individuals in the name of another Naga Club, and the dispute was in the court of Kohima deputy commissioner for hearing.
Subsequently, the receipt of Rs 500 for April 1983 paid by NSF became proof of evidence and the court ruled in favour of Naga Club, which was never ever contested again. Otherwise, there was “mutual understanding” that the building would always belong to Naga Club and NSF would be its guardian and custodian according to the demand of the situation.
After the building was taken over in April 1983, NSF mentioned that it did all repair and renovation works, including additional construction, all of which still stood majestically despite the structure having become old.
Saying that it would not like to go into the details of countering the arguments put across, NSF appealed to the conscience of all Nagas, particularly those claiming to be leaders of Naga Club, to kindly desist from creating further embarrassments to themselves and projecting Nagas in very bad light.
“We would rather retrospect and ask what each one of us have contributed to the Naga story or whether instead of contributing we are destroying ourselves and putting the future of upcoming generations in jeopardy,” it added.
The federation said the claim seemed to have ulterior motives as it was during its decision to celebrate 100 years of Naga Club in 2018 and honour “our” ancestors who had laid the foundation of Naga nationhood that “this Naga Club” was formed suddenly to hijack the celebrations to which the international community, including participants from the United Nations, were witness.
This time around as it recently launched the celebrations of 75 years of its existence on the theme “Call to Oneness” for all Nagas to come together, NSF alleged that this same Naga Club was now issuing notice to vacate the building on or before August 27, 2022 in the middle of the celebrations, which was turning the celebrations into a nightmare.
The student body asserted that the present incumbent who had only occupied the office from its predecessors and would be passing the responsibilities on to upcoming leaders had nothing to gain or to lose from such disputes. But it warned that history would be unkind if greed and falsehood were allowed to triumph.
It declared that it had and would always remain steadfast in upholding the interests of Naga youth and all Nagas in general for unified “Lim” and glory of Nagas.


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