Omusati, Kunene, Khomas regional structures exit Nanso

Omusati, Kunene and Khomas regional structures along with the tertiary institutional branches withdrew from Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Tuesday.

The leader representatives from Omusati, Kunene and Khomas regional structures along with the tertiary institutional branches said this decision was a result of the suspension and continuous infighting of Nanso national executive committee (NEC).

Speaking at a media conference here, Nanso Khomas Acting Chairperson, Oscar Shikongo said the current status quo of Nanso continues to disadvantage and oppress the students, therefore the Khomas Regional Executive committee (REC) along with the 15 branches countrywide pull out of their membership to the organisation.

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

Kunene Regional Chairperson, Ngula Hihanguapo, explained that its REC withdrawal is as a result of the suspension of four NEC leaders who had the interests of the students at heart and accused the organisation of being toothless and useless now.

Another leader, Omusati regional Chairperson, Paulus Penavali concurred adding that NANSO is captured by politicians and therefore cannot address the issues at hand.

Among the branch universities are Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), University of Namibia (UNAM), International University of Management (IUM), Triumphant College and Windhoek Vocational Training Centre.

In attendance and assisting with organising the media conference was suspended NANSO national secretary for information, Tyson Hihanguapo.

Hihanguapo did not want to comment on any of the discussed matters, however debriefed the group of leaders after the media walked out.

In an interview with Nampa on the same day, a shocked Nanso President Ester Simon said these leaders did not inform any NEC members neither followed the proper procedures required to withdraw.

In fact, you are the first person to bring this to my attention and as an organisation we do not operate in a vacuum. We have structures that need to be followed but then the same thing occurs where student leaders do not follow instructions of formal communication but will not keep anyone hostage, Simon said.

Although the student representatives at the universities have resigned, Simon urged students to continue to engage with Nanso leadership at their offices on their issues.

Source: Namibia Press Agency