Nanso suspension from NYC lifted

WINDHOEK: The suspension of the newly elected leaders of the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) from taking part (participating) in all the activities of the National Youth Council (NYC) is finally over.

The suspension of the student body was lifted in a judgment handed down by High Court Judge Shafimana Ueitele here on Friday morning.

As per court order, the Nanso leaders are now being allowed to fully and meaningfully participate in all the activities of the NYC as from today onwards after their suspension was set aside in a ruling of a legal battle between the student body and the NYC.

On 18 July this year, Nanso leaders brought an urgent application before High Judge Ueitele in which they challenged their unfairly suspension from taking part in all activities of the NYC for a period of four months.

The decision of the now-lifted suspension was taken at an extra-ordinary Representative Council meeting of the NYC held in Nkurenkuru in Kavango West in June 2015.

The suspension of the leadership of the students’ organisation was declared null and void, as per judgment delivered by Judge Ueitele here on Friday morning.

The applicant, Nanso leadership, was up against the Representative Council of the NYC and NYC Executive Director, Mandela Kapere, who are cited as the respondents.

“The leadership of the NYC has chased away the majority affiliate of the NYC in order for them to go ahead with the holding of the General Assembly of the NYC slated for September 2015 with only the minority affiliates.

“The applicant is completely excluded from taking part in all the activities of the NYC as a result of this unfair suspension. With the suspension, the applicant is also being denied their constitutional right to take part in the preparatory activities of the NYC prior to the holding of the General Assembly,” Nanso legal representative Sisa Namandje said as he asked the court to set aside the suspension.

He added that the suspension is a punitive measure because the applicant was also completely denied of their constitutional rights to obtain benefits which Nanso was enjoying as an affiliate of the NYC.

On his part, Advocate Steve Rukoro, who represented the respondents, wanted the court to dismiss the application because Nanso was allegedly suspended fairly and in accordance with the legal procedures governing the NYC.

According to papers presented before court, Nanso wants the youth council to stay out of its internal matters pertaining to issues of some members of the organization’s previous leadership who are apparently refusing to accept defeat.

The NYC, on the other hand, is claiming that it is concerned about deep divisions within the organization’s leadership that emerged during the organization’s congress that was held in the capital in March 2015.

Rukoro appeared for the respondents, acting on the instructions of the Joshua Kaumbi law firm.

Namandje was assisted by fellow defence lawyer Kadhila Amoomo.

The NYC last month announced that it has selected a committee of five members to investigate the division within the student organisation.

The decision was taken at the Representative Council meeting held in Nkurenkuru after two people represented Nanso when each affiliate was only supposed to have one representative.

The two are former Nanso Secretary-General (SG) Sharonice Busch and current SG Dimbulukeni Nauyoma.

According to the order of the judgment, the respondents- the NYC and Kapere- were also ordered to foot the legal bills of the applicant (Nanso) in connection with this case.