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Lakes state: Revenge clashes leave 25 dead and 30 wounded


January 18, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Fighting in Lakes State’s Rumbek Central County has left 25 people dead and 30 people with gunshot wounds, in clashes on Friday that began earlier this week over grazing areas between rival cattle herding groups, authorities have said.

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Lakes state’s outgoing minister of information and communication, Charles Badiri Mayen, 18 January 2013 (Photo: ST)

Two South Sudanese soldiers and two policemen were among those killed while attempting to separate the groups during the gun battle, the state Minister of Information and Communication, Charlies Badiri Mayen told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The Amothnhom and Panyon sections of the Dinka ethnic group graze their cattle on a vast fertile territory - known as the toch - sharing the Marial-Bek cattle camp, which is located in Rumbek East County 15 km northeast of Rumbek Central County.

The revenge attacks on Friday in Abarkou village follow clashes which began on Wednesday, 15 kilometres northeast of Rumbek town in an area between Marial-Bek and Ghun cattle camps.

The attacks on Wednesday killed 10 and left 13 injured, meaning that a total of 35 have died and 43 wounded since the clashes began.

Lakes State’s council of ministers held an emergency security meeting on Friday to discuss how to respond to the violence. The state cabinet has ordered the army and police to start a fresh attempt to disarm the civilian population and arrest those responsible on both sides of the conflict, according to Mayen.

The government also resolved to arrest anyone found sitting under a tree, which has been outlawed in Lakes State to discourage idleness and encourage people to take up farming, which is relatively uncommon in the culture of some of South Sudan’s cattle-dominated groups. However, the state law can appear contrary to South Sudan’s constitution which allows freedom of assembly.

The Commissioner of Rumbek Central County, Abraham Mayen Kuc and his counterpart in Rumbek East County, Mayen Kuc Adhil have been instructed to conduct an immediate investigation to arrest those suspected of taking part in the violence.

“We must disarm them by all cost” Minister Mayen told Sudan Tribune on Friday, adding that the pastoralist groups would be disarmed by force if they did not hand over their weapons peacefully.

The Lakes State government says it has taken more then 17,000 firearms from the civilian population since the region gained autonomy in 2005 after decades of conflict. South Sudan alleges that pastoralist are able to rearm by purchasing guns from Unity State, which has a border with Sudan. Juba accuses Khartoum of trying to destabilise the young nation.

"We are very tired of those pastoralists fighting themselves without objective" he said.

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Lakes State Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency Benjamin Makuer Mabor, 26 June 2012 (ST)

Lakes State government has closed all markets and public places and extra soldiers and policemen have been deployed inside Rumbek town, with more well equipped police sent to the area of the clashes to try and prevent further conflict.

There are reports that the Nyang and Joth sections of the Dinka has taken sides in the dispute and participated in some of the violence.

The roots of the feud dates back to November last year when young men from the Panyon and Amothnhon communities of the Dinka ethnic group are alleged to have exchanged verbal insults at a cattle camp, 34km north-east of the state capital, Rumbek.

The November clash killed 12 people and wounded 23, Lakes State’s Minister of Local Government and Law and Enforcement, Benjamin Makuer Mabor, told Sudan Tribune last year.


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  • 19 January 2013 07:49, by Jeti

    I doubt if such killings reach Mr. President’s desk in his office or at his residential home.

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    • 19 January 2013 09:04, by Paul Chadrack

      Very shamefull moment, this is a state where the national capital city will be taken to, my advice is, there no need to waste our resourses by taking the city to Ramcial, the most lawless area.

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    • 19 January 2013 09:27, by Peacocktail

      The problem of Agar conflict is State issue and president had representative call Governor Chol Tong.. If he failed to urge SPLA and Police to urgently Disarmed Agar and whole of Lake State my Force.. Nyandeng Malek should developed the same strategies of disarming the neighboring Tonj at ago and Taban Deng to do in Mayom...We shall see peace prevail.Law state Minister in Lake is more just figure

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    • 19 January 2013 09:27, by Peacocktail

      The problem of Agar conflict is State issue and president had representative call Governor Chol Tong.. If he failed to urge SPLA and Police to urgently Disarmed Agar and whole of Lake State my Force.. Nyandeng Malek should developed the same strategies of disarming the neighboring Tonj at ago and Taban Deng to do in Mayom...We shall see peace prevail.Law state Minister in Lake is more just figure

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    • 19 January 2013 20:31, by Bol Pur

      Dear Readers, I know there are a lot miss information in this article. First the death told is 27 people for Friday fighting, Wednesday fighting death told was 25 people and November last year fighting was 30 people killed. It is not about people in Lakes state or Agaar for that matter but leadership failure from Governor and commissioner of Rumbek Central County. Condolence to families who lost

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  • 19 January 2013 07:50, by Jeti

    I doubt if such killings reach Mr. President’s desk in his office or at his residential home.

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  • 19 January 2013 08:36, by bakuluk

    tong a dit pan Agar, what happen to the guy who called himself engineer Chol, there is no thing such free lunch, elected leader have to take action right the way with out culpability,

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  • 19 January 2013 08:37, by marie

    We need God’s wisdom in our hearts and mind to have a clear vision for this country. We have become enemies to ourselves. We thought Jallaba was the cause of all the chaos but they are gone, yet we do not see any peace in the horizon. We have to resort to God to break all the curses of hatred among us.

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  • 19 January 2013 08:43, by J P Puok

    savage! savage! savage!

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  • 19 January 2013 08:45, by master

    cows kill cows for the cows
    gal independenc gal

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    • 19 January 2013 09:27, by Mangor de Keroor

      25 lives lost and 30 injured through revenge clashes by used of guns shots,what a shame to the government. it is high time for government to carry out "must" disarmament country wide to save lives, this issue is not only for Jonglei state as as but rather the whole country, no one knows one time, it may be unity state or Eastern Equatoria state and therefore the result would be state of anarch.

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      • 19 January 2013 11:23, by Morthon Akol

        Comrade Mangar the issue is not a disarmament. you know very well how many time the government carry out that so call disarmament in Lake state? we need to change a system of security in the hold country forexample the police should not be from the same area. just look back in 70s there was no any problem like this and people was peaceful among themselves Panon and Amothnon use to live together.

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  • 19 January 2013 08:51, by DDooggaa

    Now 25, that’s silly of you dinka’s. Kiir should go back for commissionership in Lake State, he is the first failed President ever on earth. And you dinka’s you made South Sudan hated by our neighbouring countries like Uganda and Kenya just b’se of your useless and foolish conduct of yourself. It’s hard to understand these idiots now. There are many people in the world who have cattle but they d

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    • 19 January 2013 09:20, by Peacocktail

      Big Fool, what is Uganda and Kenya, they all have their own internal problems, Killing in Tana river and Killing in Kampala,school shooting in US. Killing in Darfur, Nuba, Budi area so forth. Be wise, never use your baambee brain here in South Sudan.It is our COuntry regardless of Nuer/Dinka or Zande. we preach peace. Agar problem with Cows need innovation and massive development strate

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    • 19 January 2013 09:48, by Nuer Empire

      These Agaar Carnivals will finish themselves! Really fighting over grazing land? They are like Mesiriya.Dinka Agaar is the Mesiriya of South Sudan! What is the benefit of killing your brother? The gov’t should disarm them all.They call themselves warriors for fighting each other.Nuer ’s warriorship is described interm of fucking other tribes and Arabs but not fighting themselves though it occured

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      • 19 January 2013 20:30, by Muorcienggok

        there is no way Agar community can be disarmed unless the traitors who led us down in the liberation struggle and ever associated with rebellious activities are disarm,there is no doubt that if they disarm then you would even be the one to come and loot their cattle.

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    • 19 January 2013 11:52, by Bungachier 50

      Dear Readers,
      Killings in South Sudan is becoming a Regional Problem. What I have just notice is that guys of Lakes State are unlucky, when any thing happens in LS, it is taken to be the No.1 Mistake of the weeks and yrs. Of recent the National Flag was BURNED to ashes in WAU clashes. Do people still talk about now? and that was the CAPITAl Crime. Burning the Flag of the NATION!! Shame on you

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      • 19 January 2013 17:20, by Rezingving monynok

        are you trying to justify the conflict in your state or what do you want to tell the world? you know how to kill yourselves and steal the cows ,create problems ,but when are taken to the real war you run like ghazal guys, stop making nonsense ,

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  • 19 January 2013 08:53, by DDooggaa

    behave like you Jenge. When will you start transforming yourself?

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    • 19 January 2013 09:40, by Mangor de Keroor

      this issue of killings need not be imputed on Dinka only, it is a national challenge that need each an every person to put effort to preach peace instead of finger pointing on one tribe, if we have anyone to blame then we should blame our government for its failure to disarm the civil population but still peace depends on the friendly co-existence of the citizens.

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      • 19 January 2013 10:26, by Nuer Empire

        Dinka warrior:It is a shame to call yourself like that when 25 Dinka Agaar(Agaara) future men finished for revenge attack on grazing land as one the two is Mesiriya!Does the name qualify you really?No a big no!You are not a warrior.A warrior doesn’t kill his own brother.You view yourselves being a warrior after Nuer fully disarmed.
        ***The Nuer Empire***

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      • 19 January 2013 11:08, by Nuer Empire

        No Mangoor,it i Dinka Agaar ’s problem;they can not allow Nuer or other tribe to intervene.Send a strong delegates like what the VP did last year by appearing on the front line with no fear.He is a fearless and peaceful man I have ever seen in this world!

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        • 19 January 2013 12:22, by nuer food lovers

          yaaah munching vimpire Nuer empire.u re obscence ,munky i never see in this planet among the universe.if u re ombudsman urgent of Dr.luoci Riek michar ominous of the 2015 havoc.then why don,t u wait for that movement and see who will be the loser.coming to Agar issue.Agar re munch better than hogwash always hollering Nuer with pandemonium vincinity.

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    • 19 January 2013 10:01, by Mangor de Keroor

      Agaar must learn to co-exist with her neigbours "there is no man who is an island" man must live with the people and try to interact with them, many people have talked of cows and many names but I want to tell you that cows are not the problems but people themselves,if you are friendly why can’t I befriended you, Agaar need not be like murle that have become thorns of Jonglei, let’s live as one.

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  • 19 January 2013 10:03, by History has Records

    Well Well Well, I’m coming from the past to prevent mankind from bringing harm to itself and destroying the world, what all of us should know is a "leader" is not a supervisor, the killings that we hear everyday are not accidental, if you can not develop the spirit of humanity in your own heart, then you are as wise as a child, the youths of lake state who have acquired formal education MUST stand

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  • 19 January 2013 10:24, by Mapuor

    Who exactly sells guns and ammunition to those cattle keepers?Lets look at the make of those fire arms,just the type that SPLA have.Then why dont SPLA military commanders control this?Haaa every thing is sold at broad day light,food,fuel,uniforms,ammunitions,guns and even trucks.Hahahahahah MUSKILA.Disarmament is a lucrative business to those who do not have access to money and food.

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    • 19 January 2013 10:27, by Mapuor

      Disarmament means take a gun from Mr X and sell it to Mr Y.SPLA needs lot of work and discipline.

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    • 19 January 2013 10:43, by Nuer Empire

      Mapuor:The Aminutions were provided to them by Dr Riek Machar to fight Nuer as many of Dinka think like that.Riek is the most peaceful man even feared by Nelson Mandela who told him that he would be African man after him if silence himself and it is happening now.No doubt about it that Gar NyagoK-Nyang will be the father of Africans as he already achieved the self determination.
      ***The Empire***

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  • 19 January 2013 10:56, by jwok

    our government is ordering our forces to withdrawal from our Land ,and at the same time our pepole are fighting over grazing areas in Lakes state
    what is that mean to the government
    even we don’t have enough land , why are we still giving our land to Jalaba (Copy of Arab)?
    this is the biggest shame to us

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    • 19 January 2013 11:58, by Nuer Empire

      Inflation has reduced from 41%-25%.Enjoy it.

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  • 19 January 2013 11:31, by master

    when albashir appeared after higleg war he said we would never allow south sudan oil to pass even if shared 50% -50%
    therefore don’t waste your time .we are not in need of that oil so our main object to topple splm gov and this goal approaching very fast
    just remuber this in your dull mind

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    • 19 January 2013 12:06, by Nuer Empire

      Mustard/Retards:We don’t fake Arabs’ properties.Infliation has reduced to 25% without oils flowing through your hell.

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  • 19 January 2013 11:37, by Majongdit

    It is absurd that someone directly links the tribal clashes in Lakes State to the President. There are so many of you in this site who look not beyond their feet. There is a separate govt in the state which is doing all possible to arrest the situation. People of Lakes will be disarmed but, for sure, they will immediately fall by victim by the Nuer attacks.

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  • 19 January 2013 13:26, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    I don’t blamed community of Rumbek Central County I personally blamed those who are in the following positions
    1- Commissioner of Rumbek central county
    2- MPs of geographical constituencies of Rumbek central county ,
    They’re not militant or politicians because they did not have political/military knowledge to stop all these ongoing atrocities in Rumbek central county, three qua

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    • 19 January 2013 15:32, by Nuer Empire

      Alfred:Militants are nothing if you trust them,they are just the killers.It is good that those MPs with comissioner are not Militants.Kiir is the Militant,I don’t like Military rule

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      • 19 January 2013 16:36, by Alfredo christiani

        Nuer Empire
        In the areas where guns are available in the hands of civilians, can’t be governed by non militant peoples or those who haven’t political knowledge to tackle issues in a peaceful way, that’s why in some country in Africa militant use to make coup and take over the power from non militant to save the lives of the peoples.

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      • 19 January 2013 17:10, by Rezingving monynok

        these are just fools , killing themselves because of cows , Iam tired with these fool cattle fighter, they know how to fight themselves raid cattle ,but if you take them to front line , ,they will run way like that one of majong yithiu,
        they should learn how to live in peace with others, in jonglei , lakes , guys we are tired from your nonsense story of killings. are there no educated ?

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  • 19 January 2013 13:31, by Alfredo christiani

    Cont, three quarter of them, were with former foes and some were student of Makuac abet primary school in 2006. They are leaders of Money and more wives only. Your time is coming to an end. No thanks to fools,

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  • 19 January 2013 14:39, by above king of arabs/muslims

    When will cattle keepers learn that human life is more precious their useless cattle . The old age system of valuing cattle than humans must stop. I swear the universe no matter how dinka i am, i will never buy a single cow. Cattles should only be treat as source of food and therefore no worth die for. I urge all cattle keepers to sell large chunk of their cattle and invest it on other businesses

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  • 19 January 2013 17:29, by 4Justice

    Demonic Entry Points

    1.If you mistakenly took your pregnant wife to a witch Doctor, herbalist or village spiritualist, you unwittingly dedicated that unborn child to Lucifer (Satan). When that Child grows up, he or she will become a fornicator, an adulterer a murderer, a thief, and a liar.
    2. All village shrines are a nest of Demons, the socalled ancestral spirits are demons inpersonating ancestors.
    3. Any traditionsl ceremony or rite that involve cutting, bleeding and scaring of the body is demonic.(Leviticus 19:28) This is how demons enter the youth and cause them to kill each other like animals.

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  • 19 January 2013 18:21, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Lake state and central government have to intervene in the inter-clan fighting to prevent more death in the state otherwise the act revenge will not stop

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  • 19 January 2013 18:30, by James Maker Akok

    To those people who against Lakes State,
    Lakes State people are not fighting inside cities, they are fighting in Cattle places, their problems are cows problems but they are not Antigovernment like some other States in South Sudan.
    So, you should not connect Ramciel Capital City with cattle problems.

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    • 19 January 2013 19:51, by Nuer Empire

      Nobody is against Lake State people,but their criminal activities.If you think fighting over cattle is not a crime,why do they also make themselves become bandits killing people in the cars even in other States? If you kill your own people,it is better to shout against the gov’t.A system of the gov’t can be changed,but people are not changed.
      **The Nuer Empire**

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      • 19 January 2013 20:57, by James Maker Akok

        Nuer Empire,
        Buddy Nuer Empire, read a comment that Paul Chadrack wrote about Ramciel Capital City in Lakes State, that problem should not be connect with South Sudan Capital City in Lakes State. I myself I’m very too mad of what those cattle people doing and I need them to be punish.

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        • 19 January 2013 21:25, by James Maker Akok

          Lakes State people don’t take conflict to national level, and International level, they can fight you and they come back to be your friends with you and forget what was happened before. Lakes State people problem is just cattle problems and we need government to make law with big enforcement to bring them down from fighting for cattle.

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    • 20 January 2013 00:58, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      Dear James,I think the answer you have given doesn’t make sense indeed, because those cattle camps are not been located outside of the Lakes State’s territory. However, we all know that all the cattle camps are located within their own state. That mean it is the responsible of each state authority to stop such continuing fighting among your state citizens.

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      • 20 January 2013 01:27, by James Maker Akok

        Lol, Chier if you just want to against South Sudan Capital City in Lakes State, is up to you but me I don’t talk against another States of South Sudan and I don’t you to pull me into those dirty talks I been reading in this website comments.
        We need all South Sudan States to respect each other as one country people.

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        • 20 January 2013 01:34, by James Maker Akok

          I mean, I don’t want you to pull into...

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          • 20 January 2013 01:36, by James Maker Akok

            I don’t want you to pull me into...

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