Ato Kilonser’s chair changes hand in GPRN/NSCN

Kitovi Zhimomi impeached, replaced by Envoy Alezo Venuh


Morung Express News
Dimapur | April 21 

A forced change of guard was affected in the top leadership of the GPRN/NSCN led by General (retired) MB Neokpao Konyak and N Kitovi Zhimomi. In a startling turn of event, Ato Kilonser of the GPRN/NSCN, N Kitovi Zhimomi was impeached on April 21. 

In his place, Alezo Venuh, was instated as the new Ato Kilonser. He was holding the role of ‘Envoy to the Collective Leadership’ prior. 

There was no official word from the Khehoyi designated camp but as per informed sources, the impeachment was affected during an emergency session of its National Tatar Hoho at the Council Headquarters. 

Zhimomi was impeached on 4 grounds as spelt out by the Tatar Hoho— alleged financial misappropriation, dictatorial functioning, incompetence and disinterest towards the GPRN/NSCN. The house held him accountable for an alleged weakening in the financial stability of the organisation and a style of functioning, taking the shape of an autocracy.     

The copy of the charges, which went viral late in the evening on Sunday, further held him as possessing an “unyielding disposition” coupled with lack of focus and disregarding the “advices” of other members in the organisation. 

The charges were accompanied by a declaration of impeachment, signed by the Speaker of the Tatar Hoho and Chief Secretary of the GPRN/NSCN. Citing the resolution of the Tatar Hoho, it said that the Ato Kilonser “willfully violated” Article 18 GPRN/NSCN Constitution alongwith section A clause 8 and section c clause 4 of the Party Discipline.   

“Endorsing and upholding the National Yehzabo (Constitution), the House, with show of hands impeached N Kitovi Zhimomi and unanimously elected Alezo Venuh as the General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and Ato Kilonser of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland.” Venuh also holds the role of ‘Coordinator’ in the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (WC, NNPGs), which was headed by the impeached Zhimomi as Convenor. 

As per sources, while the impeachment was formalised on April 21, things were already in progress from before. A section of Zhimomi’s loyalists was said to have already moved out the night before to a safer location. The whereabouts of Zhimomi remained unknown.