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Two killed as army and youth clash in Lakes state


January 24, 2013 (RUMBEK) – At least two people died Thursday when forces from South Sudan’s army (SPLA) clashed with a group of armed pastoralists at a cattle camp in Lakes state, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune.

Violence reportedly erupted on grazing land in Toch, located within the Marial-bek cattle camp, when SPLA forces and police surrounded the cattle camp and allegedly ordered a group of youth to vacate the area.

Eyewitnesses said the directive did not go down well with the youth and it was their failure to comply that sparked the gunfight, as armed pastoralists moved outside the cattle camp.

“Heavy and well equipped SPLA [soldiers] and police are being deployed around the cattle camp and youth are now deserting the camp, walking deep into the forest ready to fight the SPLA,” an eyewitness said by phone on Thursday morning.

Lakes state, has in recent weeks, been marred by series of violent cattle-related attacks, leaving many dead and scores injured.

On Monday, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir sacked the Lakes state governor, Chol Tong Mayay, but gave no reason for issuing the decree. Kiir also appointed Major Matur Chut as acting governor of Lakes state.

However, critics claim the Lakes state administration failed to contain the violence in the region, saying this may have led to the removal of the governor, who was elected in 2010.

Youth leaders in cattle camps have already voiced their concerns over the newly-appointed caretaker governor, describing him as a military leader likely to rule the state with “an iron fist.”

Lakes state information minister Charles Mayen said the situation had returned to normal by Thursday evening.

“[The] state is [now] normal and efforts are being done to bring [the] situation to complete normal,” said Mayen in a separate interview.

Also underway is a move by state authorities to forcefully disarm the civilian population, after sectional clashes erupted in Rumbek central county for the first time, he told Sudan Tribune in an earlier interview,.

On 18 January, Amothnhom and Panyon inter-clans clashes in the state left more than 25 people dead and about 30 with gunshot wounds.


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A cattle camp in Lakes state (AP)
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  • 25 January 2013 06:31, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Something wrong really in Lakes State. I don’t know exactly what is going on in Lakes State. Why they are so font in fighting all the times? By the way, I can not blame them since the laws are not fully enforced in South Sudan. It is the failure of the South Sudan Government.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 25 January 2013 06:52, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Iam sorry,but spla should not go after them like that and leave youyou at large.The soldiers and their colonels are not willing to finish youyou and his few men.they will cause more deaths to soldiers and civillians later when they gonna gain ground, after these mass dismissals,some will join him and cause havoc.

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    • 25 January 2013 07:05, by aguotwany@live.com

      Dear Augustino, the issue of the lake state must be look at seriously . The state need to write strong state law and tough punishment include death sentence. Look at the it if that might help the state brothers.

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    • 25 January 2013 07:57, by Tong dut

      Fighting is key of life,The new governor Matur and the president soon will run away from this sudan,jonglei,barh el gazal,Lakes state, and western equatoria are soon to remove that boss,before the minister are going to be sack,
      This is the right time for Yau yau to gain more forces.
      Juba is under salva’s fire.We are hearing that some people are not going for thei daily duties in juba.

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    • 25 January 2013 08:28, by Ambago

      Dear readers
      Is this how South Sudan leads the world in animals per capita mentioned somewhere on this news outlet?
      The Lakes State may not welcome their newly appointed governor, a sacked military general himself.
      However until they change their cattle raiding mentality, they should better prepare to see the next governor hailing from the Wildlife Conservation Force!!

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    • 25 January 2013 09:21, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The system of ruling a particular state should be change,each state governor should come from a different state like the system in Tanazia and other Africa countries,if no we will remain still in hell.

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    • 25 January 2013 11:57, by Tom D

      What is wrong is believed to be this cattles as below

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  • 25 January 2013 06:50, by philipdit wol

    I believes youth are under influnce of former governor Chol Tong, But that is not the case How ever Matur Chut should play arole to combant this rampant cattle raiding in Lake state.

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  • 25 January 2013 07:00, by Young Patriot

    This the beginning of the end of Kiir’s regime...Youths going into the jungle with guns and getting organize to fight the SPLA. Sacking Gov Chol and replacing him with matur chut who is known as the worst tribalist in Lakes state is going to make the situation worst.

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  • 25 January 2013 07:03, by Young Patriot

    Mass defection of youths will be seen in Rumbek East as well unless Matur comes with a fair mind unlike his old illiterate habits of following Mayom Akec’s philosophy of Pan-ajuongism. Yauyau will get more followers from Lakes...

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    • 25 January 2013 15:35, by siddaw

      Defection is what i’m seeing to rescue our native nation from this poor leadership that we’re engulfed in. It’s not in Lake state where insecurity threat is rampant but yours is aggrivating itself in a single. My fear is that SPLM thugs are soon going to quit into exiles after 2015’s election. Look at Dinka Agaar, Malual gier-nyang & greator Bor who are persistently mistreated by the SPLM govt.

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      • 25 January 2013 16:59, by Rezingving monynok

        heey siddaw
        be careful man , malual Gier nyang know themselves well and they can complain by themselves , only well informed about the issues of national ,have you ever heard that they fought because of cattle grassing land or girls problem ? be informed man there is no fool in malual booth anyaar,

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    • 25 January 2013 15:39, by siddaw

      Those 3 subdivisions of Dinka can alone defeat Kiirdit’s govt, leave alone to mention the other 63 tribes who’re already tired & sick of Gogrialism. I’m not a prophet of doom but i’m seeing SPLM collapsing.
      Believe me, readers.
      By the way. Don’t misquote me. Xene mënth de Jieng but i’m sick of how some Jieng are shaming us by landing others in predicaments.
      R.I.P our 2 bros lost.

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      • 25 January 2013 16:09, by Young Patriot

        You are right Mr Siddaw, Kiirdit has to go and allow educated SPLM cadres run the country. He is a disgrace to the Dinka people.what we have in power is Gogrial-Bari alliance (btn Kiir and Wani). We don’t even need Dinka Malual, our big brother, a perfect unity between Agar and Bor will send Kiir to hell. Of course we will involve our Nuer brothers.It is time for Dr Riek, Majakagot and Chol Tong

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        • 25 January 2013 16:42, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Young patriot,Bor will not be part of any change in the south brother,simply because we only fight just wars.The last liberation took toll on our communities plus the recent Athor Deng Revolt.what we need now is rest, then our war with murle will be our first piority.let Kiir and his allies enjoy their time.

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        • 25 January 2013 18:29, by Nuer Empire

          Young Patriot:It is a time to include your what?Uuum! Making alliance with Majak Agoot!? It would be a big hell.
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      • 25 January 2013 16:43, by Rezingving monynok

        do you think all people view things as you do ,fool yourself but don`t include others without knowing how the view the current situation lakes , if you have a problem with president then it is you alone , if there are mistakes then ,they need to corrected in right way without carrying arms against any single South Sudanese , be informed solutions can be made with your deadly ill ideas

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  • 25 January 2013 07:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The government of South Sudan and state authority want to use SPLA as like chicken. They have their own part of responsiblity in south sudan. Better to use police unit for that crime because they are other criminal people like the youth.

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  • 25 January 2013 07:33, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    There is no country without law of death penalty. South Sudan can post that law. To people of Lakes State death penalty is only deadlock of that crime rampant killing like that,and other similar crime

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    • 25 January 2013 08:22, by Tong dut

      Hell to us, our president is a problen to sudanese,He was not electected by us,the only to deal with him is war. We are tired of primary 8 who know nothing,we shall see it.

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    • 25 January 2013 09:03, by Morthon Akol

      Uncle Ayuiu Lam. you are 100% right, but who should put the laws? is it those so call MPs or the government in Juba?

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  • 25 January 2013 07:51, by master

    i said kiir opened hell doors
    these youth knew the jungle fery well and with support of angry sacked ganarals the nightmare very close so this could open new front for weak SPLA and make mr yau yau more free to enlarge his operation to prostrate SPLA
    kiir sofficate him self
    if this regime fall there no SS

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  • 25 January 2013 07:53, by Juba City

    This government need regime change like what has happen in Eritrea.

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  • 25 January 2013 07:53, by Dukdal

    A Country led by an incompetent man is always in mess, I dont blame Governors.

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    • 25 January 2013 09:29, by LL Reuben

      Most of the governors are "incompetent" don’t you thing? Now explain why you don’t blame them when they are the ones failing to rule their state. Kiir is failing at the federal level, for instance in his handling of matters involing Sudan.

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  • 25 January 2013 07:55, by whatsayyou

    Dear reporter, you must report correctly your reports are full of errors that can change completely the content of the subject. Instead of Maj.Gen.Matur Chut you gave him the title of Major, what does it means to you?

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    • 25 January 2013 08:36, by Twic

      Major-gen: matur chut Dhuol! Is uneducated folk, he knew nothing abt pple administration, let’s him go to school first before He become a governor of lake state, am doubt coz mayardit and his mafia in juba?

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      • 25 January 2013 10:06, by Nuer Empire

        It is a big hell going on in Lake State!Those SPLA soldier should go just only for disarments.They will finish themselves with Youths in Rumbek Jungle.

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  • 25 January 2013 12:59, by Makunon

    What are the laws of gun in South Sudan and who should carry the gun and at what time

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    • 25 January 2013 14:39, by John Akot

      the problems of Lake state cannot be numbered because the done know what is call forgiveness and our government also having hand in this tribals clahes because during the war,guns were not allow to be carried by civilian and now guns are in everwhere,our government failed to control the guns,therefore,don,t blame the civilian of Lake state it is in everwhere in south sudan( all ten states).

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  • 25 January 2013 14:16, by Maguen

    The way South Sudan is moving is a very pathetic one.Youth should desist from these cattle raiding and engage in in better projects than fighting because they are the future of this country.But again the Govt shd better reinforce their forces to encounter probems

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  • 26 January 2013 02:29, by Samuel Malual

    Dear all. The dogs barks and camel continues walking with its neck rise up higher in the air. The assumption on defection may not happen in Lakes State, but Aweil people are about to joint the rebellion because of the 14 miles signed by Kiir and his food lovers. Again, Salva Kiir and his Gogrial cabinets deserve to be removed by all mains because they are known of a cultural of theft.

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  • 26 January 2013 02:39, by Samuel Malual

    We the people of Yirol are not ready to welcome the appointment of illiterate General called Matur Chut. He is a Primary 2 graduates worse than a lion to lead the Greater people of Lakes State. He is also known as a tribalist who will only favoure his sections of Panajuong. He will soon turned his guns on Thuyii another section within Rumbek East, because Matur Chut is has been known of suppling

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  • 26 January 2013 02:44, by Samuel Malual

    I mean supplying arminitions to his own people. Salva Kiir must be crazy to appointed Matur Chut as the so-called caretaker governor. who can write his names in the paper? illiterate general of Panajuong go to hell mother fucker. Don’t come to Yirol, we will ambush your convoy.Belief me man.

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  • 26 January 2013 06:54, by CHOL moung

    Brothers of lakes state,let us a voided of killing each other because of toch or cows,cows is nothing then your brother that you lost his life,tomorrow you can find another cow, but you can’t find your brother that you lost his life because of cow. Second we have a problem of Abyei and mil 14 that need every one of us to open his eye on that problem instead of killing each other in the of cows.

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  • 26 January 2013 06:57, by CHOL moung

    in the hand of cows.

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