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January 25, 2013 (RUMBEK) - One soldier was killed and another injured in an ambush on a car carrying members of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) travelling from Juba to the Lakes state capital Rumbek on Thursday.

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A security source told Sudan Tribune the two soldiers were attacked in the Pulkuc area by unknown gunmen. South Sudan’s police and army are working hard to arrest those responsible, the source said, but are struggling to gather information from the local community.

Lakes state remains a flashpoint for cattle raids, lawlessness and inter-clan disputes, with its governor Chol Tong Mayay removed from office earlier this week by presidential decree for reasons which are still unclear.

Armed pastoralists upset over the decision clashed with the SPLA on Thursday at the Marial-bek cattle camp.

The security source told Sudan Tribune that the young men in the state were well-armed and “shoot at soldiers without fear”, adding that they “kill our forces and even have [the] capacity to seize our weapon[s]”.

This week, he said the SPLA “lost more than six soldiers” in the ongoing clashes between the army and armed civilians. The security source said the “very dangerous” armed pastoralists had been talking “negatively about [the] national government since their governor was being removed.”

Maker Machar Angui, a young man from Lakes state, told Sudan Tribune on Friday that many local pastoralists are “tired” of the cycle of “disarmament” and harassment” that leaves them without protection.

The consequence is their cattle are stolen from neighbouring groups, leaving men without enough cows to pay for bride prices, he said. Some young men in Lakes state were ready to fight the government, Angui said, since the government has assaulted democracy in Lakes state by removing the elected governor.

Angui said that recently soldiers in Lakes state were not acting professionally while attempting to forcefully disarm young people and this was destabilising the state.

Four killed in Yirol east cattle raid

An attempted cattle raid on Tuesday by unknown gunmen has left four dead, according to community members in Yirol east county in Lakes state.

State authorities confirmed the incident, which occurred at a cattle camp called Kolkuei.

Forces from the police and SPLA recovered all 300 head of cattle, which were raided by pastoralists allegedly from Unity state, authorities said.

Minister of information and communications Charles Badiri said one of the attackers later captured by organised forces told authorities that up to 50 heavily armed youths from his group were hiding in bushes between Rumbek east and greater Yirol counties

Lakes state minister of education Athian Majak Malou said two fishermen were among the four civilians who lost their lives in the attempted raid, while another of the attackers was killed on the spot by security agents. He said all cattle had since been returned to their rightful owners.

Cross-border cattle raids have strained relations between Lakes and Unity states, with youth from both sides regularly accusing each other of engaging in the practice and killing local people.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, member for the national parliament Daniel Dhieu Matuet came under attack while travelling from Juba to Lakes state after unknown gunmen opened fire on his car about 2km from Akot payam [district]. No-one was killed or injured in the attack.

Matuet has since called on Rumbek east county commissioner David Marial Gumke to put more effort into identifying the gunmen who shot at his car.

“I have opened [a] police case in Rumbek east county police. I have also opened the same case in Rumbek central county police headquarters that my car was attacked by gunman and I need those culprits to face [the] law,” he said.

Gumke responded to Matuet’s complaints, saying it was the responsibility of the police and security agents to apprehend the suspects.

“I am not a policeman or security agent – honourable Daniel should know that [the] law is controlled from primary level to [the] top, and chain of command needs to be respected,” he said.

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ST - Two killed as army and youth clash in Lakes state

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  • 26 January 2013 09:39, by DDooggaa

    The issue now is not about failure of the state government to provide security, but rather it’s how Dinkas wants show their stupidity. The government should establish some laws targeting those particular communities. Otherwise it makes no sense for civilians to become threat to the army.

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    • 26 January 2013 11:11, by william mawien

      I do not know why god created such useless communities such as nuer ; dinka agar
      are they animals ? Chicken brain youth from lakes state ?;?;?;when are you realising your mistakes of raiding raiding your brother s cattle ?;??;
      stupidity and literacy
      raiding raiding neighbouring states why can’t you focus in development of ur state (lakes)

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      • 26 January 2013 12:10, by Nuer Empire

        William Mayen:Unfair,unfair,unfair to compare carnivals with the real human being called Ney tin Naath!!Dinka Agaar is one of the Dinka clans practicing carnivalisms,becoming lions or hyena when foods is not available.They like meat more than Nyakuzuny or whild bear.Maa Damaar ni Nyakuzuny cie jin ke kone leet ti coali Jaang Agaar.
        The Nuer Empire

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      • 26 January 2013 12:35, by mudfish

        you idiot
        Lakes state is one of bit developed in south Sudan my friend,in term of education Lakes is highers.

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    • 26 January 2013 16:59, by Baring

      Dinka
      Lets go and change South Sudan like Somalia where there is no law we can do witherever we want, everybody will be president and comanda. Comond support this idea Dinka boys..

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    • 26 January 2013 18:30, by Bol Pur

      Please Manyang Mayom can you stop writing nonsense about Lakes state. Dear readers this is Mr. Manyang friend of former Governor who is very bitter regarding removal of his friend. All these kinds of report is saying are lies. He is in Bor and writing on here say and rumors from somebody called John Wulu Deng. Whatever happened in Pulkuc was last year not now. Stop lying.

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    • 27 January 2013 09:54, by Akook

      What do u expect from such arrogant abuse of constitution by Pres Kiir in Lakes state? If Mr Kiir is stupid then not all Dinkas are the one. This is more than sectional fights in Lakes but rather its typically politics. This is another, if this Kiir dont act swiftly to contain this thru calling the man he has sacked and agree on some other terms politically, I bliev it develops bigger sooner..

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  • 26 January 2013 09:59, by master

    hahahaaaa mightly SPLA run away without their weapons
    wait

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    • 26 January 2013 10:11, by master

      it’s last straw
      south sudan going slowly but steady to civil war with useless leader like kiir
      it’s revolution emerging behind horizon
      it’s matter of time
      my advise to pro-SPLM
      prepar your passport and but stolen money in your bags and go to kenya or uganda

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  • 26 January 2013 10:43, by Young Patriot

    Kiir planted these seeds of appointing bad leaders in Lakes state thinking that he wants to marginalise Agar community, now he will reap its rotten fruits. With rampart insecurity in S.Sudan and no progress of talks of oil flow in Addis Ababa, your regime will fall. You better step down for Dr Riek to take over to solve these issues.

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  • 26 January 2013 11:13, by Tribe

    late COMERS,don’t cut the line.your comment should come in a order and time it was posted and less u’re responding to an individual whom u should indicate.Jumping the ladder doesn’t polish your comment nor it add-values.Literally,it’s like cutting line in a grocery shop,restuarant,ratio-center,u name it.It’s totally obnoxious and u need to stop it.just a word of advice.I hold no resposibility here

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    • 26 January 2013 11:58, by nuer food lovers

      This is what i had said once time back that Agaar community need unhuman right respectful person like matur chut,Marial Nor,Ayual Makoi,Awet Akot now deputy speaker of the national Assembly&Bol Akot even thoungh from Warrap.they don,t want educated figure like Eng.Chol Tong mayai.they disgrace once respected person like Mose Machar kachual.then 2nd vice presid.of Sudan from Yirol,Paul Mayom Akech.

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      • 26 January 2013 12:13, by Nuer Empire

        Nuer Food lover:Change your useless name.

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        • 26 January 2013 12:31, by Nibs

          No change for the name,it’s very relevant.(back to article)the author is one of cattle raiders or supporter of former governor Eng.Chol Tong,take a keen look of the article.you’ll understand that s/he is trying expose civilians as mightier than the army.s/he is also trying to Say,it wrong to fired the governor.look at the quotations in the article!

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          • 26 January 2013 14:02, by nuer food lovers

            heee.mr. nibs am neither a Agaar community member nor a Eng. Chol Tong Mayai supportor.but from upper Nile Region,i respect chol Mayai as the way i respect Dr.Marial Benjiman.becozs of their effort to up lift s.sudan from illiteracy.iwish Dr.Riek could Act the same way to develop human resource in univ.of Juba as Dr.Marial Do!regarding my name i was provoke by Nuer Empire to re-use N.F.L Name.iwas to write as much,but due to network,it was diff.to pursue u with the paragrah.

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            • 26 January 2013 14:30, by nuer food lovers

              if u see name Julia that is me.Agaar community(Greater lake communities)need a people of that kind as i mention above.for it to be peaceful.now if Agaar community can fight over a issue of a circumiscise person Identify by a old mother,when he came being hit by a storm of rain.while with a contour mark line,to make the histories,he came and sat beside the fire while from a rainy storm.with a torn

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              • 26 January 2013 14:45, by nuer food lovers

                in between the thugh,the penis appear out with fore-skin not there.then an older mother said my son re u from Renk(warrap)becozs she was confuse, the man was having contour line six in number ressibling that of Agaar&Nuer,the mother count,but man was circumiscis.this led to the death of more then 500 people in Abieriu area.idon,t know why people like ibs condemned me when we re at the sense of tr

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            • 26 January 2013 14:42, by Nibs

              N.F.L,
              You’re not author of the article but commentator.in other word i wasn’t referring to you.don’t laugh haaa cause nothing is funny at all.

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        • 26 January 2013 13:00, by mudfish

          Nuer empire
          hahahaha Nuer food lovers forget equatorian,suppose to be " Nuer and equatorian food lovers"

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  • 26 January 2013 12:16, by mudfish

    waw the President solve the problem with problem,the removal of the elected governor is also an issues,instead of forceful disarmament,and strong law to life in prison or hugging the case of the conflict event if he/she is a son of who ever,

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  • 26 January 2013 18:39, by panom lualbil

    I disagreed with posting of this kind of conflict as it could encourage others. Be careful JONGLEI, animals of YAU YAU might do the same thing.

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  • 26 January 2013 20:37, by James Maker Akok

    Whether they don’t like it, South Sudan Government must have to gathering very stronger Forces to brought them down from gangers acting by force.
    This is a must we don’t want gangers to be in states.
    I’m from Lakes State.

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  • 26 January 2013 21:46, by yyufnzeg
    • 27 January 2013 05:35, by Dinkawarrior

      Nuer Food Lovers, Ruach(Nuer Empire) and Panom Lualbiel!
      Ha ha ha ha ha! You’re so funny!! Anyway, it’s a broken heart to see our people killing each other every single day. Whether by tribes or by politics, it’s something that we need to work on. Otherwise we will be finish!! We need to act now rather than later!!!

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      • 27 January 2013 06:24, by nuer food lovers

        yes bro,Dinkaworrior.re tied of killing every now and than,Agaar community(Greater lake community)and Nuer re hard to brought under peace initiation.once time back iwas working with Pact sudan,which was funding a community war torn apart dialogue.three after we conclude the workshop in Rumbek ,there was afighting btwn Agaar &Gook Arol.those whom trained in peace insemination go involve,same vitim

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        • 27 January 2013 06:33, by nuer food lovers

          in fighting,have u see they wasted the resource.for ur proposal in so fantastic,but will tied that bell on Agaar community.they need an icon of wisdom like Dr.Garan who in 2002 April.when the Lake &warrap region were fighting so rampant,he solved it in peace by bringing the elders of fighting communties together for dialogue directly he involved by lectured on disaster management reform

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  • 27 January 2013 05:31, by Mapuor

    Disarmament should be carried out in the region as awhole,by region i mean greater East and horn of Africa region.If Gajaak of Ethiopia have arms,Lou,Gajook,Anyuak of Sudan will buy them and use those arms for looting their neighbours.If DRC people have arms as it is the case now Zandes will trade those weapons to their neighbours in Bhar El Gazal states and central Equatoria.If Bagarra of

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    • 27 January 2013 05:37, by Mapuor

      Sudan have fire arms they will use them to loot cattle from Northern Bhar El Gazal,Warrap,Unity and Upper Nile,if you don’t disarm those states for fear of being looted by Baggara Arabs they will use their guns to loot Lakes State,Western Bhar El Gazal and even loot themselves as it is the case between Unity and Warrrap.so disarmament should not be considered only locally but at the regional

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      • 27 January 2013 05:41, by Mapuor

        Context.It should be done even if its difficult to save the region from bandits.Kenya is now in chaos,Karmoja in Uganda is a big issue,Dar fur in Sudan is yet another problem,Eastern Chad is a big issue,western Ethiopia another problem,Somalia is the worse.

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  • 27 January 2013 06:13, by marie

    What is happening in Lakes state is no longer cattle rustling but rebellion since the youths are now targeting the organized forces (SPLA and police). David Yau Yau went to the bush because he did not secure the nomination for the governor of the state and so are the youth in lakes because their governor has been fired.

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  • 29 January 2013 02:32, by Panthou

    For real folks, most of you have commented a good one here about people of lake state. Especially misseriya of lake state or Agaarian tribe. Tell president Kiir, sacking governors will not help that state. The state itself need to be divided up on to those five states. Otherwise, they will finish themselves. I am just so shocked by they are sitting.
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