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Lakes: Investigation begins into killing of Cueibet paramount chief

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By Manyang Mayom

April 13, 2011 (RUMBEK) - A committee mandated by government of Southern Sudan has started investigations into clashes in February 2010 between SPLA soldiers and local communities in Cueibet County of Lakes state that killed Gok-Dinka Paramount chief Jok Dau Kachuol. The committee will also investigate clashes between SPLA soldiers in Akot payam of Rumbek East County.

As well as killing the Gok-Dinka paramount chief dozens of civilians were killed and several others injured.

Head of the committee, Judge James Alalah said that, his team is entrusted with the responsibility to find out the root cause for the clashes both in Cueibet and Akot payam. Judge Alalah said the committee will give the facts to government of Southern Sudan as soon as possible so the region’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit can decide what action to take.

Judge Alalah said “this committee is the fact finding committee. We are going to collect data and evidence. After all, the committee will write to president and presidency will find take decision on what to do.”

Alalah assured the local community that his team will carry out its work without any influence from any source, adding that the committee will only require the cooperation of the local community in order to bring the culprits to book. He stressed that they are working hard to produce real information about the cause of three clashes between the SPLA soldiers and the civilians which occurred.

The Judge assured the community, “we don’t have any connection with anybody neither government of Southern Sudan nor state. We are going to work collectively and we just need cooperation from community. We will work imperially”.

The order for the enquiry was made by the President of the government of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit with the aim of finding the root causes of the conflicts that had lead to the dead of Gok-Dinka paramount chief and the civilians kills.

At the time officials told Sudan Tribune that the fighting was triggered by raids by the Rek Dinka ethnic group against a camp occupied by Gok Dinka cattle herders in the remote Bahr Gel area of Lakes state.

The Gok-Dinka then attempted to reclaimed the weapons that had been taken off them in a disarmament program but came into conflict with the police and army.

Further fighting broke out after the chief’s death became known.

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  • 14 April 2011 08:02, by Chol Buoi

    Dear Readers,

    Regardings the committee which was formed to investigate the previous clashes, it wasn’t a big deal because it is hard to separate facts from myths in the debate about the chief Jok Dau Kachuol family’s problem and how it was started before.

    It is claimed the Kachuol family were given kickbacks in return for using their influence so that property developers acquired what become vast sites for free or almost free of charge. There are similar claims about land used for building hotels and resorts in the County of Gok-Dinka and along the Lakes State.

    We also needs, this probems of Rumbek Lakes State to be seen appropriately. Killing of vunerable people is not a joke in Human Rights ’s Laws.

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    • 14 April 2011 08:53, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      It is too late for the GOSS to form an investigation committee to collect information and what refers as Data. What for at this particular hour when the SPLA battalion responsible for killings are not there any more? Why not it is left like that because the People of Lakes State are the sacrificials lambs for South Sudan? I hated this move and i believe it is just intended for political reasons and there will be no any outcome of this Investigation.

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      • 14 April 2011 10:59, by Jurdit Mayen

        I can agree with what my friend has said, that the forces who committed this crime are transffered to Bentiu.

        Who will be investigated by the judge while the battalion concerned is not around currently.
        I don,t trusth that judge who is investigating the root cause of the incident.He is not even updated on how to handle cases like killing of innocents people like our paramount chief Jok Dau Kachuol.

        Shame on Mr judge,leave this case to those who are judicial conciouse.

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  • 14 April 2011 21:35, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

    To brothers Cibaipiath and Jurdit!

    Justice does not expire nor gets deterred by the distance! If there is a justice really, then that Battalion must be investigated! Lakes citizen are not sacrificial lambs, they are citizen of South Sudan who deserve right to live!

    What I know is that this investigation is a joke! If it is not, how can soldiers who draw paychecks from our Ministry of Defense be hard to find! I support the Mr. Alalah, go for it if you are serious! Justice must take it course!

    Wal Peter Muoranyar

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    • 15 April 2011 16:18, by Akook

      Mr Wal Peter, plse you are just trying to stress the normal comventional due process of law. But Cibaipith.. and Jurdit are talking from experiences and the likelihood of what exactly we are getting in 3 or more months to come. They know as well all the process you are tying to lecture them. Things are diff on the ground here bro. There can never be proper investigation now esp where the culprits are proved a threat to the national security itself. Unity state is one of the hell states currently driving the south mad..

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