Naypyidaw: Militant outfit, NSCN-K officially declared Khango Konyak as its chairman. Khango declared he will defend and uphold the sovereign rights, identity and dignity of the Nagas. Recently the octogenarian chairman of the outfit, S.S Khaplang passed away in Myanmar.
Konyak was unanimously elected as chairman/president of Khaplang faction of NSCN. In a statement the outfit stated, “Born on July 17, 1943 at Yangkhao village and christened Bechung Khango, he joined the Naga national service in 1963 at the age of 20 and after completing basic military training, was inducted into the Naga Army.”
The outfit added, “While in his teens, Khango got inspired by heroic exploits of Naga Army fighting foes. In 1966 Khango went to erstwhile East Pakistan on Alee (Foreign) Command and in 1976. He was promoted as ‘2nd Lt’ and commanded 50 cadres who went to China under Isak Chishi Swu and Th. Muivah which they reached in 1977.
Khango held many prestigious positions both “at home and abroad” such as commander of units, battalions, brigades.
Khango served as chairman Konyak region in 1989 and on April 30, 2011 appointed as kilo (home) kilonser (minister) and then elevated to vice chairman/vice president NSCN-K on May 25, 2011.
After assuming the charge as chairman Khango recalled his services that spanned 54 years under various capacities till his appointment as chairman.
The newly elected NSCN-K chairman lamented on how many educated Naga leaders led Nagas astray and had caused divisions and factions within for selfish and vested interests. However, regardless of all these Khango said he remained firm to serve NSCN and pledged to carry on the unfulfilled task of late S.S. Khaplang.
The statement further said that despite internal crisis in 1988, 2011 and 2015 Khango refrained from involving in them. Khango assured that he would serve as chairman solely in the interest of the Naga people to defend and uphold the sovereign rights, identity and dignity of the Nagas.