Former Nanso leaders deny Taapopi's claims

19 Sep 2019 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - Former Namibian National Students' Organisation vice president Maitjituavi Kavetu and president Dimbulukeni Nauyoma have refuted allegations that they were part of a “briefcase leadership” while serving Nanso.
This comes after Nanso secretary-general, Simon Taapopi, claimed that the current leadership is more progressive than the organisation’s previous leaderships since the student body’s establishment in 1984.
He made the statement in response to media questions regarding the rife infighting within the current leadership during a media conference here on Wednesday.
“This Nanso of today is different… Before this leadership, Nanso had a briefcase leadership (where) somebody would carry a laptop and say ‘we are Nanso’,” Taapopi said.
He claimed that the organisation had no offices or official email address.
Kavetu and Nauyoma served as vice president and president from 2015 to 2017, while Taapopi was the chief administrator.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Kavetu denied the claims that the organisation did not have an email address when Taapopi was Nanso’s chief administrator and added that they had an office at the newly built National Youth Council (NYC) building.
“I fail to understand how Simon Taapopi concluded that the previous leadership did not have an office at that time. Taapopi is aware that we had an office at the NYC building but after the general student congress, when our term started in 2015, we came to find our furniture, office files and stationery in the NYC corridor. Those allegations are false,” Kavetu said.
Nauyoma concurred with Kavetu, saying Taapopi used an official Nanso email address to communicate with students and urged the current leadership to focus on carrying out their mandate instead of comparing themselves with previous leaders.
“Under our leadership, I do not know which email he was using to communicate with the students and some of these unfounded claims. However, I am not interested in who is doing better or worse,” Nauyoma said.
He added that each leadership carries out its functionalities that it wants to achieve.
“You cannot call cosmetic issues a success because what is the function of the organisation? Is it to have an office or to serve the interest of the students? The purpose of these things are important,” Nauyoma said.