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January 6, 2012 (RUMBEK) - The speaker of the Lakes State assembly, John Marik Makur, has lifted the immunity of a member of parliament over the allegations of child abduction in Uganda.

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Lakes state parliame­nt speaker John Mari­k Makur (left) and Assembly clerk Benja­min Matiok (right) (ST)

Zechariah Puoric Matuong, who represents the Malek constituency in Rumbek Central County, had his immunity from prosecution removed after a request submitted 21 December by the state’s attorney general.

In South Sudan only the speaker of a state assembly can remove immunity against a state MP. Marik said that the MP would have face questions and court proceedings about the allegations.

Marik explained that article 65 sub article 2 of the Lakes State interim constitution gives him the right to wave the impunity of any MP if they have been accused of a crime.

However the accused MP, Zechariah Puoric Matuong, told the press from custody in Rumbek central police station, that he denied the allegation, saying that the child he had brought back from Uganda was his own son.

Matuong explained that the child was coming from Kampala to visit him and relatives.

This is the first time Lakes state parliament has lifted the immunity of an MP since the latest parliament was established in May 2010, with 48 representatives.

(ST)

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  • 9 January 2012 01:34, by Achuek

    Many weird things are happening on daily bases in lake state, now let’s hold our breathe that the vice has reached to parliament members. Wake up Lake state you are a shame to Dinka empire.

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  • 9 January 2012 08:33, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    WHAT A BIG SHAME IS THAT FOR MP TO ABDUCT A CHILD? I THINK PEOPLE OF MALEK WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM IN COMING ELECTION BECAUSE HE CAN ABDUCT ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE CONSTITUENCY[AGAAR WE BE POLL RIN KE JIENG]

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    • 9 January 2012 13:16, by mayom maboung marek

      child abduction by Puoric matuong, MP from malek payam constituency is naked pure lie, how come for him to abduct a child while he has his own children. nothing that accusation is dismissed for once and for good.

      this is his won child, those who do not know him will talk again but I for one, it is political propaganda played upon him by some political elements in lakes.

      baseless accusation.

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  • 9 January 2012 21:19, by From the South

    Very Good proof, i wonder alot of Nuer and dinka here accusing Murle as the only tribe that abduct children, what is this now? how shameful? and yet it will be covered soon, Shame to you all. Criminals, Child abductions, cattle raiders, robberies, corruptive, land grappers, outlaws...... and so many,

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