07 Aug 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) - The suspension of the newly elected leaders of the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) from taking part in activities of the National Youth Council (NYC), is over.
The suspension of the student body was lifted in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Shafimana Ueitele here on Friday morning.
As per the court order, the Nanso leaders are now allowed to fully participate in all the activities of the NYC as from Friday onwards, after their suspension was set aside in the ruling of a legal battle between the student body and the NYC.
On 18 July this year, Nanso leaders brought an urgent application before High Judge Ueitele, in which they challenged their suspension from the youth council for a period of four months.
The decision was taken at an extra-ordinary Representative Council (RC) meeting of the NYC held in Nkurenkuru in Kavango West in June 2015.
The applicant, Nanso leadership, was up against the RC and NYC Executive Director, Mandela Kapere, who are cited as the respondents.
The leadership of the NYC has chased away the majority affiliate of the NYC in order for them to go ahead with the holding of the General Assembly of the NYC slated for September 2015 with only the minority affiliates.
The applicant is completely excluded from taking part in all activities of the NYC as a result of this unfair suspension. With the suspension, the applicant is also being denied their constitutional right to take part in the preparatory activities of the NYC prior to the holding of the General Assembly, Nanso legal representative, Sisa Namandje said as he asked the court to set aside the suspension.
He added that the suspension is a punitive measure because the applicant was also completely denied of their constitutional rights to obtain the benefits, which Nanso was enjoying as an affiliate of the NYC.
On his part, Advocate Steve Rukoro, who represented the respondents, wanted the court to dismiss the application because Nanso was allegedly suspended fairly and in accordance with the legal procedures governing the NYC.
According to papers presented before court, Nanso wants the youth council to stay out of its internal matters pertaining to issues of some members of the organisations previous leadership, who are apparently refusing to accept defeat.
The NYC, on the other hand, is claiming that it is concerned about deep divisions within the organisations leadership that emerged during the organisations congress that was held in the capital in March 2015.
Rukoro appeared for the respondents, acting on the instructions of the Joshua Kaumbi law firm.
Namandje was assisted by fellow defence lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo.
The NYC last month announced that it has selected a committee of five members to investigate the division within the student organisation.
The decision was taken at the Nkurenkuru meeting after two people represented Nanso when each affiliate was only supposed to have one representative.
The two are former Nanso Secretary-General (SG) Sharonice Busch and current SG Dimbulukeni Nauyoma.
According to the order of the judgement, the respondents - the NYC and Kapere were also ordered to foot the legal bills of the applicant (Nanso) in connection with this case.