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Cattle raids kill at least 250 in Lakes state in 2011

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December 23, 2011 (RUMBEK) - The parliament of Lakes state was told by county commissioners on Thursday that cattle raids have killed at least 249 and injured 319 since January 2011.

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Rumbek East Commissioner, David Marial Gumke, address the Lakes state parliament in South Sudan, while being watched by speaker J­ohn Marik (Right), 23 Dec. 2011 (ST)sitted

The figures from just three counties in Lakes state show that insecurity remains a major problem for South Sudan, which became independent in July as part of a peace deal with Khartoum.

In two counties alone nearly 17,000 cattle were stolen this year commissioners told a special inquiry into the practice in Rumbek, the capital of South Sudan’s central state.

The commissioners for Rumbek North, Cueibet, Yirol West and Rumbek Central counties all attended the parliamentary questions which lasted from Monday to Thursday. The commissioner of Rumbek East County arrived a day late and was told his evidence would be heard in January.

Speaking in parliament, Cueibet county commissioner, Isaac Mayom Malek, said his county had experienced several raids from both within Lakes state and from neighboring states.

Cueibet county had lost 87 people in cattle raids this year, he said, with a further 105 people wounded.

Mayom claimed that 4,906 cows had been looted in 2011. County authorities had managed to return only 314 cows, he said. A further 51 will be repatriated after Christmas.

According to Isaac Mayek Noah, the commissioner of Rumbek North, his county had been affected by cattle raids because they have disarmed themselves.

He said that attacks from cattle raiders in Unity state and other areas had killed 152 people, injured 192 sustain so far this year. He added that 12,081 cows were looted over the same period, of which only 232 were returned to their owners.

Mayek affirmed that his county authority had arrested 9 people on suspicion of involvement in cattle raids.

Matur Majok Magol, the commissioner of Rumbek Central, said that over the past 12 months 10 people being killed and 22 injured in raids. Majok added that 8 suspects are being held at Rumbek’s main prison.

However, he said that 6 suspected criminals had escaped to other East African countries, including north Sudan.

The commissioners appealed to the Lakes state parliament to empower the judiciary to settle cases urgently.

Speaking at the end of session, speaker John Marik Makur thanked the four commissioners who managed to appear before parliament for their reports.

Marik said parliament would deliberate on the reports and communicate back to the commissioners with the actions they intend to take to address the issue.

Cattle are used to pay dowries in South Sudan and are a symbol of wealth and prestige. This combined with the poverty of the newly independent country and the prevalence of small arms have made the problem persist after South Sudan signed a peace deal with north Sudan in 2005.

Rumbek East

The Lakes state parliament has adjourned the hearing of Rumbek East County commissioner David Marial Gumke to January 3, 2012 after he failed to attend the meeting with the other commissioners on Thursday.

Commissioner Marial, told Lakes state August House that he had failed to appear before parliament due to his wife’s sickness in Juba. However the MPs refused to listen to his report until January.

Finance and Health Minister Summoned

On Friday the Lakes state parliament also summon for the minister of Finance, Trade and Industry Pur Chienggan Dakbai and Minister for Health Dr. Samuel
Mayek Deng to appear in the second week of January.

MPs are expected to question the finance minister other potential misuse of funds, while the health minister will be quizzed on delays in paying the salaries of health workers. The delays have caused protests in Awerial, Cueibet, Yirol West and Yirol East counties.

The speaker of the parliament, John Marik Makur, told MPs that they had the right to summon any official for questioning.

(ST)

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  • 24 December 2011 08:31, by confusing youths by confusing leaders

    Let preach unity among ourselves in South Sudan to avoid killing of our own brothers and sisters.

    Anti-tribalism

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    • 24 December 2011 14:41, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Wait a minute? Are those figures real or temperaments! If true, then this is what everybody dreaded during SPLA/M promotion of separation of SS! That the bush politicians of SPLA/M are too incompetent and improvised to handle South Sudan! If innocent people are dying in their hundreds in various states in RoSS, then, where are the police! Where is the army? Where is that corrupted regime of SPLM!

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  • 24 December 2011 08:34, by Ayuen deng

    Lake state! Lake state! You cann,t be a shame of raiding yourselves?you are brothers who speak one language and above all you have entermarrage, have forgotten that? or have you no norms in your communities?what is the goverment doing to stop this killing and raiding.have you ever had Dinka Bor raiding themselves? please stop? please stop? you are embrassing the name of the femouse Dinkas.

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  • 24 December 2011 08:34, by J P Puok

    Good delivery ! they clearly stated how many cattle had been stolen, how many pple killed and how many pple injured but they also failed to mentioned how many cattle they had stolen, how many pple they killed and injured at the same duration ! Hypocrsy, inter-state cattle rustling during rainy season is traditionally not possible especially with unity state and the dry season just setting in .

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    • 24 December 2011 08:42, by George Bol

      J.P Puok,
      What? Unity state,the land of rebels and anti-SPLM/A!

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      • 24 December 2011 09:27, by J P Puok

        confused beyond doubt George ! relate events when commenting and be always constructive in critism. I think you are always wise but you had now profed me wrong bcse I had judge the book by its cover idiot !

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    • 24 December 2011 09:48, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Bro Puok, I think the rotation of the report had answered your questions. Since the commissioners of the counties would each report what happened in his county, it meant that the commissioner of the other county would tell the figures that the commissioner of its rival wouldn’t tell. So all you have to do is to identify what county attack what county and then compare their reports.

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  • 24 December 2011 08:44, by J P Puok

    Lakes state should clearly be monitoring the performance of its notorious counties securitywise, lest they risk becoming unrully like Murle Pibor county in Joungle, Mayom county in Unity state and Tonj county in Warap state. the citizens in this forementioned counties are not always content with what they possessed but supplement them by raiding! raiding ! Raiding .

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  • 24 December 2011 08:49, by Daniel Buolmawei

    If I become SPLA chief for just a year, I don’t think such things like cattle raids would be existing in south sudan. The problem in south sudan is generalization. If my goal is to make sure those criminals are caught and brought to justice or killed if resisted and all cattle looted are safely returned to their owners, then it will become useless to continue cattle raids. The problem in --------

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    • 24 December 2011 19:32, by mohammed ali

      Daniel, these are not criminals, these are poor, innocent, desparate and marginalised people.The real criminals are in Juba who loooooooooot in BILLIONS leaving these poor starving and marginalized pple die of hunger and insecurity, while the "liberators" families live in super luxury mansion abroad.How could they have security when police officer in one state donnot recieve salaries for 8 months?

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  • 24 December 2011 08:57, by Daniel Buolmawei

    South Sudan is we allow people to benefit from their wrongdoings. It is unforgivable to let someone benefit from his fraud, crime, and any other vices. But blaming the wrongdoings of a few on Nuer, on Bor, on Agar, on Bari, on Zundi, on Murle, is our problem, beacuse this kind of generalization makes tribes stand behind their criminals. However, if I specifically deal only with criminals,----

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  • 24 December 2011 09:03, by Daniel Buolmawei

    bring them to justice and deprive them of these wealthy they looted, then they would have some second thought what’s the benefit of cattle raids. They reason insecurity and criminal cattle raiding increase in South Sudan is because those criminals are benefiting from it. Therefore, I ask my people to isolate criminals among their midst, bring them to justice or kill them if they resisted.—

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    • 24 December 2011 19:45, by mohammed ali

      Daniel,first bring the looooooters,the real culprits to justice.Join Helda Jones in her call to repatriate the stolen BILLIONS by 13 ministers, before labelling these simple, innocent,poor,starving and marginalized pple,as criminals.Their poverty shouldn’t make them easy target to direct all your wrath.They simply want food and security, if they have them,they wouldn’t risk their life....cont

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      • 24 December 2011 19:57, by mohammed ali

        ..These are humans like you and like your " liberators".They have their needs,hopes and very simple dreams of a piece of bread, a tablet for pain and a cherished child to go safly to school.Donnot think about being ruthless and killing them, because you are already ruthless and because they are already dying of HNGER,death makes no difference to them.They deserve life too, Mr. ruthless!

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  • 24 December 2011 09:09, by Daniel Buolmawei

    It sounds ridiculous for me to call for ruthlessness, but hey, my people, there are times that we have no choices in this world. There’s time that decent people can choose between two evils. Those I regard as criminals are brothers who make themselves be misled by their personal selfishness and become outcasts or outlaws, and those they kill are our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, --------

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  • 24 December 2011 09:15, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Who are absolutely innocent. So what can you do in such as a situation? Let your outlaw/evil-turn-into brothers kill your innocent fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters, or take a sword and kill that evil-turn-into brothers and leave the judgment to Most High?

    Well, if I am overstepped it, I will wait for your advices, I am really mad as hell for what’s going on in my country.

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  • 24 December 2011 18:53, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Good lake state

    All those Govert official filling with corrupted people.
    recording all activities help the country reduce bad practice.

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  • 24 December 2011 20:55, by whatsayyou

    Bravo lakes state assembly, ur move is welcome but you have to give some panelities to some one who fail to give clear explaination, another isue, you ask minister of health Dr.samuel Mayek with very tough questions because health system in our state is very poor due to his lack of concern if it is not his interest to be a health minister let him tell all of us.

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  • 25 December 2011 06:45, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers

    That’s a good work , minister of physical infrastructure should be include to explain where did he allocated the funds of roads constructions for year 20110 ?

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  • 26 December 2011 05:02, by Malith Ayuom

    It is a good initiative of lakes state patliament to bring on board the minister for finance. Indeed, I appreciate right Hon. speaker and members of lakes states parliament for their perfect work. I see them calling for the minister for finance to account for the state finances and of course incase of mismanagement I think they may charge him. I encourage them to work for their people.

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