Nanso president accused of compromising students’ interest

ONGWEDIVA: Namibia National Students’ Organisation (Nanso) president Timotheus Angala is being accused of compromising the interest of students with his personal interest. Making the accusation are disgruntled members of the Nanso National Executive Committee (NEC), who preferred to remain unnamed.

Speaking to Nampa at Ongwediva in northern Namibia on Thursday, the disgruntled Nanso NEC members claimed that Angala compromised students’ interest when he unprocedurally recommended a personal friend of his to be a board member on the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), representing Nanso.

“He (Angala) recommended his close friend, Trevies Ndjiva, to be a member of the board of the NSFAF in February this year without consulting other NEC members,” the disgruntled NANSO leaders charged. They added that Ndjiva, who is also a member of the Nanso NEC, withdrew from being a board member of the NSFAF after other members of the Nanso NEC started asking Angala earlier this year about the criteria he used to choose Ndjiva to be a member of the NSFAF Board.

“Nanso, as one of the critical stakeholders in the education system, is not represented on the NSFAF Board since February when Ndjiva withdrew,” explained the complaining Nanso NEC members. They went on to say that Angala continue to ignore the appointment of a Nanso representative on the NSFAF Board since Ndjiva’s withdrawal for no apparent reason.

Approached for comment also on Thursday, Angala was reluctant to give his side of the story, but was quick to ask the names of the Nanso members who are concerned about the non-representation of the students’ body on the NSFAF Board.

“We have been assisting the Education Ministry only, it is not necessary so that Nanso is to be represented on the NSFAF Board,” Angala replied. The appointment of representatives of stakeholders on the NSFAF Board, according to Angala, is the prerogative of the Education Ministry, and the Nanso leadership only assists when asked to do so.

Angala then declined to give further comment on the issue, arguing that those who expressed concern about Nanso’s non-representation on the NSFAF Board are the best to furnish this news agency with all the details regarding the basis of their complaints. Ndjiva was not immediately available for comment.