Meghalaya: KHADC appoints Ricky Syiem as Hima Mylliem’s new chieftain
SHILLONG: After a year-long protest, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council on Friday issued an order to temporarily suspend Paiem Latho Manik Syiem as the chieftain of Hima Mylliem and appointed Ricky N Syiem in his stead.
The announcement was made on Friday morning by the KHADC. It may be reminded that the EC had a meeting twice to discuss the contentious matter arriving on the conclusion yesterday evening. Myntri and elders of the Hima particularly those who protested against the functions of the Paiem Latho for the past few years, gathered at the office of the Hima Mylliem on Friday to expressed happiness and gratefulness over the decision of the council.
Soon after the decision was heard, the new chieftain of Hima Mylliem, Ricky N Syiem while speaking to media persons said that his appointment as the new chieftain of the Hima comes with an assurance to resolves the ongoing tensions within the Hima and to bring about clean and transparent governance, to once gained the trust of the Myntri of the Hima.
While stating that the Hima Mylliem is a traditional body which encompasses all the Myntri who represents their clans, Ricky said that it is very important for all these Myntri both from the ruling and opposition, to work together for better and unbiased form of governance.
"I don't want to witness division between the Myntri in the Hima but to see that everyone works under one banner to serve the Hima and its people," he said.
It may mentioned that on April 4, the KHADC through the Elaka department had called for a meeting of all the Myntri of Hima Mylliem to display show of strength and to find out how many of them still supports the chieftain and how many are against him.
However, during this meeting, it was observed that not even a single official who supported Paiem Latho attend the meeting called by the KHADC whereas all 29 out of 42 Myntri in the opposition attended the meet.