Students in Oshana withdraw from Nanso

Members of the Namibia National Students' Organization (NANSO) in the Oshana Region have also joined the chorus by announcing their decision also to abandon the national students' organization until further notice.

NANSO members were from the International University of Management (IUM) Ongwediva Campus, University of Namibia (Unam) Oshakati Campus, Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC) and Namibia Institute of Technology (NIT).

They announced their withdrawal at an urgent press conference they held at Ongwediva here on Friday when confirmed that their withdrawal is with immediate effects.

From today we washed our hands off NANSO and we cease our relationship with the current leadership of the organisation, said the leader of the group, Stephanus Nguluwe.

They at the same time accused the current Nanso leadership of being politically captured and labelled NANSO president, Ester Simon and members of the executive of the organization as the sell-out.

They believed NANSO has been derailed, diverted and no longer driving student's agenda since Simon took over the reign.

One of the students and chairperson of the Student's Representative Council (SRC) at IUM, Michael Mwashindange, alleged that members of the NANSO leadership, including Simon, were seen wearing political party attire while dancing to a political-motivated song recently.

This, Mwashindange said, is transgression and violation of the principles of NANSO, which is an organization supposed to accommodate all Namibia students irrespective of their political affiliations.

NANSO has totally lost focus, thus why we are cutting ties with it, Mwashindange narrated.

Simon, when approached for comment also on Friday, denied that NANSO has been politically captured and has lost its vision as alleged by some of its members.

Joining NANSO is on voluntary basis, each member is free to resign or joining any time, and members of the organization are free to belong to a political party in personal capacity, said Simon, adding that she was wearing a Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) in personal capacity.

She added that many of the allegations are based on people's personal views and every member is entitled to an individual opinion.

Simon believes the withdrawal of some NANSO members will not change the organization outlook neither affects its growth.

Source: Namibia Press Agency