THE Namibia National Student Organisation (Nanso) President Ester Simon is of the opinion that attacks against her by her fellow compatriots and calls for her to step down as the first ever woman to lead the organisation are a result of the patriarchal culture in which many were raised in.
Her leadership and determination to remain steadfast, she says, should serve as an inspiration to the adolescent girls and the girl child to take up leadership positions and persevere.
Simon insists that she will not stand down until the right channels are followed and there is clear evidence that she violated the Nanso constitution as is being insinuated.
Simon was responding to the recent vote of no confidence against her by a number of student leaders, including her Deputy Benhard Kavau.
According to her, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Nanso will not take the vote of no confidence seriously as rules were not complied with.
“This meeting was organised by a group of friends. If they were serious, they would have substantiated the violations I have made against the constitution. These are sour colleagues who to date have not come to terms that I was elected democratically. Their allegations are personal attacks aimed at turning the students against me and tarnishing the organisation they claim to love,” Simon said.
Simon in 2017 contested for the position of president alongside Simon Amunime, who is the current Nanso Chairperson for the Khomas region.
Last week, a number of Nanso members informed the media that since her appointment to the economic panel by President Hage Geingob, Simon has not been transparent about her Nanso duties.
The group also claims that Simon is politically connected and as a result, does not have the student interests at heart.
Simon has brushed off the allegations, saying that Nanso has been divided due to its historical context from congress.
“As a matter of fact, Kavau is an NEC silent member. He attends no meetings and student activities organised by Nanso. Other regions have no problem with my leadership except Khomas, which I understand because the Chairperson Amunime ran for president and he lost. They should come to terms with the fact that the NEC was democratically elected and we should all come together for the betterment of the students,” Simon concluded.