Omusati, Kunene, Khomas regional structures exit Nanso

The Omusati, Kunene and Khomas regional structures of the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) along with their tertiary institutional branches yesterday withdrew from the student formation.

The representatives from the three regional structures and tertiary institutional branches said this decision was a result of the continuous infighting of the Nanso national executive committee (NEC) and suspension of some of its members.

Four Nanso NEC members; vice president Bernard Kavau, Tyson Hihanguapo, Simon Amunime and Sheya Ngolo were suspended on charges of insubordination among others in July.

Speaking at a media conference here, Nanso Khomas acting chairperson Oscar Shikongo said the current status quo of Nanso disadvantages and oppresses the students, therefore the Khomas regional executive committee (REC) along with its branches pull out their membership to the organisation.

The leadership of Ester Simon (Nanso president) has lost focus and it is against this background that Nanso Khomas together with student representative council (SRC) leaders from various institutions of higher education find the need to resolve the current challenges faced by the organisation and students, Shikongo announced.

Kunene Nanso regional chairperson, Ngula Hihanguapo explained that its REC withdrawal was because of the suspension of the four NEC leaders who had the interests of the students at heart, saying the organisation is toothless and useless now, while Omusati regional chairperson Paulus Penavali concurred, adding that Nanso is captured by politicians and therefore cannot address the issues at hand.

In an interview with Nampa the same day, Nanso's president said the groups did not inform any NEC members nor followed the proper procedures required to withdraw.

Source: Namibia Press Agency