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Gok Dinka paramount chief killed amid feuding in Lakes state


By Manyang Mayom

February 21, 2010 (RUMBEK) - The Gok Dinka paramount chief Jok Dau Kachuol was killed on Saturday evening at 4 p.m. at his court premises at Cueibet County of Lakes state. He is said to have been slain in crossfire between Gok Dinka and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

A Rumbek hospital official told Sudan Tribune that 14 people are admitted wounded with bullet wounds and there are no soldiers confirmed in beds. Meanwhile, SPLA official spokesman Maj-Gen Kuol Deim Kuol affirmed that six soldiers including two officers are killed and seven are wounded and the number might increase because fighting is still going on.

The violence began when members of the Rek Dinka ethnic group attacked a camp occupied by Gok Dinka cattle herders in the remote Bahr Gel area of south Sudan’s Lakes State on Saturday, southern army spokesman Kuol Diem Kuol told Reuters. However, he also told Sudan Tribune that the cattle raiding between Cueibet residents and Rek Dinka of Warrap State has been going on since last Thursday.

A Gok Dinka group, angry after the Saturday cattle raid, attempted to break into gun depots in Cueibet to get back their weapons which had been seized earlier by the authority. Guards at the gun stores clashed with them to protect the guns, Kuol explained. "So in the crossfire five civilians and two chiefs were killed," he claimed to Reuters.

Kuol said that the SPLA troops were backing up police to prevent the break-in into the gun store. He said nobody has yet been confirmed responsible for the killing of the paramount chief, which he said would be investigated.

Kuol further said that when word spread that the paramount chief and one civilian had died, people in Cueibet began to attack the SPLA troops stationed in the county. Another bloody clash on Sunday morning was reported involving Gok and SPLA fighters at a different SPLA base. The town of Cueibet was evacuated and the Gok raiders were repulsed.

Some SPLA troops are stationed in Cueibet County to participate in keeping order and carrying out a South Sudanese presidential disarmament order.

Spokesman Kuol said that, South Sudan Director of SPLA Military Intelligence, General John Lat Zachariah, who hails from Cueibet County and ex-governor of Lakes state, Ajongo Mawut, the SPLA director of operation, plus one member from Chief of Staff from the SPLA will visit Cueibet County to restore calm to the civilian population.

The head of the SPLA division in Lakes state Maj-Gen Akuei Adual Akuei Deng and Lt-Gen Daniel Awet Akot are already on the ground in Cueibet imposing calm.

Deim noted that “this paramount chief was an SPLA officer who went to Bilpam for training, Dr John Garang send him back home to feed his community and the army during the struggle — nobody now accepted to be responsible for is death, the investigation will dig out the truth — it is not known who killed the chief".


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  • 22 February 2010 05:00, by Time1

    This takes us back to the issue of civilians respecting the law, you cannot take law into your own hands, if someone steal your property or takes your goods , you need to report to the authorities or security, but as long as civilians do not respect the law and they attack police and army, there will always be victims, why did they civilians want to break into thte army weapons store? also cattle raiding is suppose to stop in that state by now, why are they still fighting over cattle? the new governor has to work hard to change the situation in Lakes state.

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    • 22 February 2010 05:22, by Abuk D- Nhial

      Really worst and displeasant to hear the death of innocent people. Killing of these important chief shows that now new future in South Sudan ! quote my word . What is wrong with Renk to attack Gok? was it not Nuer who attacked them last year ?
      Murdering of that popular man was an intentional plan not just "across fire".

      Sorry Kiir if this is how government moves !
      Security of all states should be provided.

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      • 22 February 2010 05:38, by Gatwech

        Dear readers,

        I don’t when this madness in Lakes, Warrap and Jonglei states will come to an end. It seems people are even getting more like animals than humans, attacking any thing that comes a cross their eyes.

        The same Dinka tribe attacking each other and again attacking the soldiers and the police and killing their traditional important chiefs. This is ugly madness in this three unstable states.

        The SPLA should disarm them by force and stop that culture of madness.

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        • 22 February 2010 05:58, by BUSTA 2

          Gok Dinka are soon finishing!!!

          Brothers and sisters we are about to reach referendum and now you are reducing your number who is going to vote for the seperation??

          The World is laughing at you brothers the way you are killing one another and you can’t open your ears why??

          Brother in Christ,

          Busta 2

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        • 22 February 2010 17:25, by kuur Deng

          Please Gatwech

          You have to reason before you comment on this article.What is going in Jongle is so political issue base on cool war in which one tribe is almost always at danger leave alone the problem in between Murle and Nuer.If you can look into it critically why is it soldemly that children are instandly abducted and killing is on going in Jongle.comparison to warrap and Lek states. I think this purely incitment against tribe and of course politician used ethnicity as a political tool to get seats in their respective area so you should cmpared this madness with Jongle state

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      • 22 February 2010 08:48, by Aduol Liet

        Abuk D, Nhial.

        I would like to correct you. It is not Renk as you mention on the above of your article but the correct answer is this. The clashes was between Gok Dinka and Rek Dinka just let me put it in that way, but I am very strongly disagreeing with you when saying, the clashes between Rek Dinka and Gok Dinka of Lake State for the killing important chief that, it was done by intentional one. In fact the Neur did attacked last year my friend but there is no any connection to talk about the killing of important chief. I belief any body is important born to be alive and we should says, the act was unacceptable to all both side. Look this Gok Community clashed with Rek Community was been there in the first place and I don’t think there is any blame to either GOSS nor Salve Kiir Manyardit, but what I know so far the people of Agar and Gok are always causing more and more problems and this is need all intellecuals of Agar and Gok to deal with it.

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      • 23 February 2010 18:21, by Rambang

        Abuk D- Nhial, sorry for the lost but honestly we don’t have tribal Army in Southern Sudan. SPLA is for all the Southerner.

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  • 22 February 2010 05:13, by Dinka Boy

    The death of paramount Chief is on Rek Dinka ethnic group because they were the one who attacked a camp occupied by Gok Dinka cattle herders in the remote Bahr Gel area. Why the same people kill themselve.?

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    • 22 February 2010 05:56, by Nuerfudinka

      Sr,why the same people killing themselves? we need government not the tribelist government of difference in the south.

      there is a old system here used by Nuers and Dinkas that the government should or must gets a rid of it.

      if you murder’s some one, you are not the one who should paying the compensation by yourselve.

      the people of the murderer payam or community will seated together and make an a contribution if its 100 cows maybe you only give three cattle’sonly while you are the killers.

      If we do has the government that system will no longer works,because if you kills some one you ’ll get jailed for longtime or get kills.

      NO UNITY WITH NORTH!!!!!!!!

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      • 22 February 2010 06:08, by Dinka Boy

        Mr Nuerfudinka,

        What do you mean by "we need government not the tribelist government of difference in the south." is this the way you reason?

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        • 22 February 2010 06:43, by Nuerfudinka

          Are you in the bars? Dinka Boy

          The fighting soon will break up before you has fond your parent’s lost boy of kakuma camp.

          what i mean by that we need none- corrupted government who should work for the people not just focusing on the money,leader like Dr lam Akol.thanks

          NO UNITY WITH NORTH!!!!

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          • 22 February 2010 06:57, by Dinka Boy


            Who cares for the eruption of fight. My friend, works on sentence structure and lucidity so that people can understand your ideas.You have been mixing ideas. I still did not understand your intention at all.

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            • 22 February 2010 07:56, by mohammed ali

              Dinka boy,

              you should care because no dinka are killed by dinka!both clans are dinka and the spla is dominated by dinka ,as you say!


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              • 22 February 2010 08:16, by Dinka Boy

                Mohamed Ali,

                I know you are singing asong,but do you know how many generation od Dinka lost in South-North war?. About 90% dear.
                Dinka will be here in the South till your butt wear out in the soil.
                Hate Dinka or say amen to them because they liberate you from Arab slavery that you like very much becuase of your weak and slave heart.
                I know you are "dor" usually team as Nyamnyam.

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                • 22 February 2010 16:23, by mohamad adam

                  dinka boy ilooked for the meaning of the word dor in the dictionari but it is not there in english so pleas which language is that?
                  and what does the word dor mean explain kindli pleas

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    • 22 February 2010 06:16, by mohammed ali

      Read the report well!

      ((A Rumbek hospital official told Sudan Tribune that 14 people are admitted wounded with bullet wounds and there are no soldiers confirmed in beds))

      No soldier confirmed in bed!!These people were killed by the spla, and the army’s spokesman was lying about his casuaties!

      ((The Gok Dinka paramount chief Jok Dau Kachuol was killed on Saturday evening at 4 p.m. at his court premises at Cueibet County of Lakes state.))

      Killed at his court!!No crossfire here and he was liquidated in his court!

      ((southern army spokesman Kuol Diem Kuol told Reuters.))

      All the news are coming from one source, the culprit.. the army!!No independent source to verify what is really happening on the ground, and there is obvious inconsistency in all of the army’s account of the incidence!!The reporter did not give his account of the incidence, and he was insisting to tell us that what was been told by the SPLA.He didn’t commit himself to anything and he is simply telling us that he is not free to say everything.There is no freedom of the press and he will risk his life if he dare to say any other version ,contrary to what the SPLA propoganda machine is saying!

      Was this cheif supporting any of the independant candidates?If so the situation will be very dangerous.

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    • 22 February 2010 07:47, by mohammed ali

      THEY WERE KILLED BY THE SPLA!In case you did’t read well they were dinka, killed by the dinka dominated Spla, or so you say!

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      • 22 February 2010 08:18, by Dinka Boy

        Mohamed Ali,

        I know you are singing asong,but do you know how many generation od Dinka lost in South-North war?. About 90% dear. Dinka will be here in the South till your butt wear out in the soil. Hate Dinka or say amen to them because they liberate you from Arab slavery that you like very much becuase of your weak and slave heart. I know you are "dor" usually team as Nyamnyam. Thanks

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        • 22 February 2010 11:04, by mohammed ali

          I do not hate dinka and I will never do that,and Iwant them to remain in all of Sudan forever and I do not even 0.0001% of them to die...the same applies to neuer,shulok,azandi,tabosa,arabs,fur,shaigia,beja,zagawi.I want everyone to live in peace ,the same way you are enjoying life in AUSTRELIA and to die.

          Open your eyes, hatered has no bounderies, now dinka are killing dinka and the SPLA is killing Dinka.To where does this path will lead us!

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    • 22 February 2010 08:39, by MJriaksdca


      This is why brothers you need to think beyond your noses. You always defend yourselves as peaceful Dinka, what about all these fighting among yourselves without Nuer? What I am trying to say is not that Nuer don’t cause trouble too in south Sudan but that all our people in south have too much enmity within them against them. Their anger and conflict is hard to be directed only in one tribe that one hate but it is against anybody within or outside. You guys need to be fair with how you always like to think Nuer are to blame for fighting. What we all need to do is that each one wherever he or she comes need to work for peace and love among our people for the good of all. As an educated man you ought to be neutral and judge things fairly critically and point problems always to their right sources that you should deal with accordingly.

      Dinka boy I speak to you directly because you and others always are blaming Nuer for everything. All these problems show you that even if there were no Nuer in South Sudan, problems will never let Dinka themselves free. They will still be haunted by the same problems that you always like to point on Nuer mistakenly.

      What I am saying is let us work for peace among all our people for the sake of good of all. Remember let us not forget that we have logs in our eyes that we need to remove before jumping the gun to remove the log that is in another person’s eye as if we have nothing in ours. Nuer have logs of their own as well as Dinka, Equatorians and the likes. Each in his or her tribe, let us remove all the logs knowing that problems are just within us instead of saying we see them coming to us outside us.

      Now splm is failing its duty, right? You need to blame that on splm even though you are loyal to it. You can’t cover their wrong doings. Let us all push splm to work for permanent peace so that it wins support of all tribes of the south otherwise these chaos are playing favorably for Lam and independents.

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    • 22 February 2010 11:29, by musa daud

      Whenever there is killing of innocent people, Dinka is always responsible. Wherever there is stealing of others properties, you only look for one criminal , Dinka, you will definitely find them the doers.

      This useless people are the big shame on our faces.

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      • 22 February 2010 17:37, by BORAnyidi

        The useless people are those who jointed the Arabs to fight against their fellow brothers in South Sudan.

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  • 22 February 2010 06:01, by Thyinka

    This senseless killings are not necessary especially among the same people. The authorities should put in place more security measures to cushion the population against this acts.

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  • 22 February 2010 06:17, by Matot de Akech Matot

    My condolence to those who lost their lover one in this very big fighting between Gok and Rek people . My condolence is on both side going to them ,specially paramount Chief Jok Dau Kachuol you’re my uncle and my God rest your soul in his right hand side .
    Cheers .

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    • 22 February 2010 08:26, by sheeple

      The puppetmasters create "disorder" so the people will demand "order". The price of "order" always entails a handing over of control and loss of freedom on the part of the citizenry.

      Carefully read Gatwech and Mohamed Ali coments, they clearly are prevy to information many ST readers are oblivious to. Incidents like this can only mount public anger against the SPLM/A so that elements like Lam Akol who are colluding with the NCP and Islamic Jihadists can get elected.

      I recently learn’t that Tor Deng the current governor of Warrap state is SalVa Kiir’s cousin,I also learn’t Salva Mathok is related as well, this kind of blatant nepotism can jeopardise the freedom of the entire people of southern Sudan.

      It all boils down to the following choices: 1) Elect a subservient slave to the Arabs 2) or endure SPLM corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and dismal governance untill 2011.

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      • 22 February 2010 13:58, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        I am not totally happy with our SPLA soldiers in the manner they are acting against civilians. Who do they always kill them moronically? Laws should be kept by everyone because nobody is allowed to kill even the soldier. There is no need of making every one the law_maker otherwise we shall mass up everything.

        My heartfelt condolences to the family of the late paramount chief MR. Jok Dau Kachuol.

        May God rest his soul in peace and in the eternal life.

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