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Lakes governor warns his state not to enter Wau conflict


December 25, 2012 (WAU) - The Governor of Lakes State, Chol Tong Mayay addressed the congregation at Good Shepherd Cathedral in Wau on Tuesday to call upon citizens in Western Bahr el Ghazal to reconcile their differences before the New Year and warned citizens from his state not to become involved in the recent violence.

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Chol Tong Mayay the Governor of Lakes State at the Episcopal Church in Wau on Christmas Day 25 December 2012 (ST)

The government of South Sudan’s north western state erupted into violence this month over resistance to the government’s decision to transfer the headquarters of Wau County outside of the state capital.

According to the United Nations nine people were killed when protestors clashed with police in Wau town on 8 and 9 December. Several people sustained gunshot wounds and were admitted to Wau hospital.

Al Jazeera English | Protestors shot at by South Sudan army | 13 December 2012

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Ten days after the initial violent protests a further 12 people are reported to have died in a second protest on Tuesday 18 December with more people wounded. South Sudan’s deputy interior minister, Salva Mathok Gengdit, however, said that only seven people died and 32 were wounded in the second Wau incident.

The second protest was in response to reports that 26 Dinka civilians were killed by members of the Balanda ethnic group in Parajallah 48 miles south west of Wau. Parajallah is a locality in Bagari - the area where the new headquarters is being transferred to.

Governor Mayay told the thousands of worshipers at the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) that he was urging the people of Lakes State, which is predominantly inhabited by the Dinka ethnic group, not to become involved in the Wau violence.

“People of Rumbek, you must stay away in making problem with citizen of Wau. You are one people with [the] same dignity with Wau citizens. You [are] all citizens of South Sudan who voted for separation and finally you brought peace to your coming generation.”

Mayay asked that South Sudanese build a peaceful nation that respects human dignity. There was no reason why people should be killed, he said. He called for the cycle of violence to end and for the world’s youngest nation to promote "cultures of togetherness" to provide hope and better future for the next generation.

On Monday South Sudan President General Salva Kiir Mayardit visited Wau, the capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal and immediately backed state governor Rizik Zechariah for his decision to move the Wau County headquarters.

South Sudan’s ruling party has long advocated that the services available in towns should be provided to citizens in rural areas. The transfer of the Wau County headquarters was part of this vision, Kiir said.


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  • 27 December 2012 06:45, by omoni jr.

    Somebody need to tell Dinka-Nuer government that Towns are always created Not transfered. If you are talking about taking towns to the people ,then that is not the way how to do it,Do not translate direct into Dinka-Nuer dialect like that.Is not like transfering cattle from Pibor to Duk,towns are always created. Stop lying and killing clever people.

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    • 27 December 2012 08:46, by Malou Manyiel

      Well said Mr. governor, South Sudan need peace and unity. This is the only way where development and prosperity can be realized. I wonder about the nature of some of Equatorians who have grown horns of tribalism in their minds. They called it Dinka-Nuer government yet they are majority both in the government and NGOs. Their culture of not accepting the truth has confused them.

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  • 27 December 2012 06:53, by dinkdong

    No state is acceptional as long as you continue to remain head of states. Corrupted.

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      • 27 December 2012 07:52, by dinkdong

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  • 27 December 2012 08:27, by George Bol

    Dinka can not wage a conflict to Balanda but food lovers

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  • 27 December 2012 09:22, by Mapuor

    Mr Chol Tong Mayay
    That is leadership,your people respect you most and will abide by your instructions.Peace is always good for all people.People of Lakes State inter married with Fartit and they feel touched by any thing that takes place in Wau.Bravo the strongest GOVERNOR IN SOUTH SUDAN

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    • 27 December 2012 12:57, by Takpiny

      That is a well informative message to your people Mr Mayay, Lakes shouldn’t intervene to another state affair for what so ever reason.
      But we want your government also to relocate Rumbek central county headquarter to somewhere else because people of Rumbek centre disowned others always as they believed that Rumbek is their own township rather than being state capital.

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      • 27 December 2012 13:00, by Takpiny

        Also it well be good with politics for taking town to the people if do that.

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