Aizawl: Representatives of the groups of ethnic Mizo sub-tribes in Manipur hill tribal area elected the first office-bearers of the newly formed umbrella organisation ‘Zo United’ in Aizawl on Wednesday (September 20).
Albert Renthlei, consultant of Manipur-based Mizo People’s Convention has been made convenor of the Zo United while John K Ngaihte, Zomi Council chairman, and Ajang Khongsai, chairman of Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) will be co-convenors.
The Zo United has Hrila Hmar, acting president of Hmar Inpui, Manipur, Helen Kipgen, from COTU (Committee on Tribal Unity), and Pagin Haokip, chairman ITLF (Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum) as secretary, finance secretary and information secretary respectively. Moreover, the forum will have all presidents of tribe-based (Kuki-Zomi-Hmar-Mizo) organisation presidents as executive members.
The election for office-bearers was held under the chairmanship of central Young Mizo Association at the latter’s head office in Aizawl.
As many as 48 leaders of the Zo ethnic tribes, including five MLAs and two ministers from Manipur attended the meeting in Aizawl today.
Representatives of all different sub-tribe-based associations from Kuki- Zomi-Hmar-Mizo communities in Manipur hill tribal area on September 7 evening have agreed to constitute an umbrella organization called ‘Zo United’ at a meeting in Aizawl.
Meeting of the different ethnic Mizo tribal-based organisations, convened by Mizoram’s NGO Coordination Committee, began on September 6 at the hall of the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) in southern part of Aizawl city.
One of the leaders said that pressed by the continued attacks by majority Meitei community against the minority ethnic Mizos, there had been strong proposals for a stronger united front to defend the tribal lands from the marauding Meitei militant organisations.
The decision to form ‘Zo United’ was to strengthen the unity and coordination amongst all the ethnic Mizo groups and associations attached to the groups, he said.