Aizawl: Representatives of the groups of ethnic Mizo sub-tribes in Manipur hill tribal area will be electing the office bearers for the newly formed ‘Zo United’ in Aizawl on Wednesday, sources in the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) said on Tuesday.
The sources said that Letpao Haokip, Manipur’s Minister for Tribal Affairs and Hills department (a BJP legislator) will be convener of the meeting to be held in Aizawl while the Aizawl-based central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) will host the crucial meeting.
Ethnic Mizo sub-tribe groups like the Kuki Inpi, Hmar Inpui, Paite Tribe Council (representing Zomi/Zo sub-tribe), United Zou Organisation, Simte Tribe Council and Mizo People’s Convention will be represented by one leader each, the sources said.
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.
One of the leaders of the sub-tribe based groups said that the representatives of the organisations are proceeding towards Aizawl from Lamka (Churachandpur) on Tuesday in an arduous journey of 370 kilometres by road and are expected to reach Aizawl the same evening.
With the proposed helicopter service between Lamka and Aizawl still not in place, they have no choice but to come by road, the leader said.