DIMAPUR, Feb 12 - The NSCN (I-M) has elected Qhehezu Tuccu, popularly known as Q Tuccu, as its chairman and Tongmeth Wangnao as vice chairman for a tenure of six years during its national hoho held at its headquarters at Hebron on Monday.
NSCN (I-M) kilonser Th Muivah declared the election of Tuccu as the chairman and Wangnao as the vice chairman of the NSCN (I-M) respectively for a period of six years as per its Yehzabo (constitution), the ‘ministry of information and publicity’ of the outfit stated in a release.
They were administered the oath of allegiance and secrecy by the NSCN (I-M) national judiciary board convener ‘chief justice’ Khriesarokho Peseyie.
The members of the NSCN (I-M) national hoho lauded Tuccu and Wangnao for filling up the two posts which had been lying vacant after the demise of Isak Chishi Swu and ‘Gen’ (retd) Kholi Konyak.
Both Tuccu and Wangnao were members of the collective leadership of the NSCN (I-M) prior to their elevation.
Tuccu joined the Naga national service in 1980 and Wangnao in 1987.
Muivah, prior to the announcement, asked the national hoho members to adhere to the principle followed by former chairman Isak Chishi Swu who declared unity of the Nagas in the name of Jesus Christ.
“Late Isak Chishi Swu had signed the historic Framework Agreement to regain what was at the point of getting lost under pressure from adversaries,” Muivah said.
He also asserted that the two elected leaders would not be above the people and the nation. He said they would abide by the national will and decision in accordance with the ‘Yehzabo’ and “Nagalim for Christ”.
“Nagas are not a lost people, because our forerunners like Imkong Meren and AZ Phizo took the right decision at the right time that Nagas will be the master of themselves – their land and their future and Nagalim will be for Christ,” Muivah said
He reminded the members that many nations perished with the change of the world, but the Nagas took the decision to be for Christ and thus “sustained our existence”.
Tuccu, in his address, gave his commitment to the national hoho that he would not deviate from his stand and would not go against the will and decision of the Nagas.
Wangnao said he was privileged to reach this position due to the cooperation and support of the members, although there are many senior members who deserve the “coveted post”. He appealed to the members to stand by him, feeding him with all the ideas and advice that will further uplift the national movement in the manner the Naga people desire.