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Former ENPO president Mangko Phom passes away

By EMN Updated: Oct 25, 2016 12:29 am

Dimapur, October 24 : Y. Mangko Phom, the former President Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO), passed away on Monday at Kohima after a brief illness at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Born on July 13, 1935 late Mangko Phom was the Phom Peoples’ Council (PPC) president from 2003 to 2006, ENPO President from 2008-2011 and he was also the first treasurer of Association of Phom Graduates and Officers (APGO). It was during his tenure as the president of ENPO that the peoples’ movement for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ was born.

In a condolence message to Sikhlong Phom, wife of Y Mangko Phom, Chief Minister TR Zeliang described late Phom as a pioneer among the Phom community who wholeheartedly took up the responsibilities as the president of ENPO (2008-2011).

In his demise, the people of the Eastern region of Nagaland have lost a towering leader whose concern for the welfare of his people was most remarkable, Zeliang said and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. He also prayed to grant them solace and comfort to tide over the sorrow and for eternal rest of the departed soul.

Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio has expressed deep pain at the demise of Y Mangko Phom. In a condolence message, Rio described late Mangko Phom as a dedicated social leader who had served the society in different capacities, including as president of ENPO. “His demise is a big loss to our society, especially the Eastern Nagas. In his death, our society has lost an experienced and senior citizen, whose wisdom was crucial in guiding our people especially the younger generation for the challenging times ahead,” Rio said while conveying heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. He also prayed for rest of the departed soul in peace.

Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union (ENLU) has also expressed deep pain over the demise of Y Mangko Phom.

In a condolence note, ENLU president P Longon said late Phom was the second graduate amongst the Phom community. The union described him as a veteran politician, social worker whose entire life was dedicated for social services.

It also said late Phom was a man of dignity and modest whose committed services towards the Phom community and the Eastern Nagas in general will always be remembered. The ENLU expressed its deepest condolence to the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

By EMN Updated: Oct 25, 2016 12:29:05 am