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South Sudan parliament backs removal of Lakes state governor

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January 28, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s parliament has backed a presidential decree removing Lakes state governor Chol Tong Mayay and appointing military officer Major General Matur Chut as interim governor until further arrangements are made.

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The president’s decision to relieve Mayay from his elected position following a series of violent inter-clan clashes in the state was also declared constitutional.

The president’s decree broadcast on 21 January drew mixed reactions at the time, with some politicians welcoming the decision and others objecting to the governor’s removal on the grounds it was unlawful.

However, member for parliament Ayen Maguat said under article 101 (r) of South Sudan’s transitional constitution, the president has powers relieve an elected state governors and declare a state of emergency in a particular state where insecurity is deemed a threat to national security.

Lakes state has been a flashpoint for cattle raids, robberies and inter-clan disputes, with Mayay’s surprise dismissal linked to an outbreak of sectional clashes earlier this month which erupted in Rumbek Central County, killing 25 people and injuring more than 30.

Maguat said the House supported the president’s decision to appoint someone with a military background as caretaker governor, as well as the deployment of armed forces in key flashpoint areas “to take charge of the situation in preserving security and protecting [the] innocent civil population”.

She said army and police forces should remain in control until such time when the president deems it necessary for the police to take over.

“We support plans that would give [the] president powers to determine the location of the deployment and define their missions,” she said.

The House of Representatives has also voiced acceptance for forceful disarmament and called for the promotion of dialogue and strengthening of social justice systems, which it says will help build trust and harmony in the area.

Lakes state speaker of parliament John Marik said the House had paid its condolences to family members of the deceased and condemned the acts of violence in the strongest possible terms. The House also urged Lakes state politicians, intellectuals, as well as youth and women’s groups to disengage themselves from fuelling such conflicts.

The legislator called for the formation of an independent committee to investigate the actual root causes of the continuous conflict. He suggested a panel of highly informed individuals on social matters with expertise in traditional approaches to work with opposing parties to reach a compromise on disagreements and move towards reconciliation and peace building.

Marik said the House was ready to cooperate and work together with the incoming caretaker governor.

“Institutions of government work together, so there is no problem in working with the new caretaker governor. Whether it is Chol Tong or whether it is John Marik, or whoever, there must be cooperation and working together as leaders from independent institutions. There are clear roles and functions defined by the constitution for each of the institutions,” Marik told Sudan Tribune in an interview from Rumbek last week.

The conflicts between the various clans and tribes within Lakes and other neighbouring states may not end with disarmament, but identifying the actual root causes and addressing them will help the government to develop well-planned strategies, he explained.

Rumbek Central was among three counties in Lakes state affected by violent clashes between the Amothnhom and Panyon sections of the Dinka ethnic group earlier this month over grazing land, with Mayay ordering the resumption of forceful disarmament prior to his dismissal.

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  • 29 January 2013 06:02, by Jalaby

    Ridiculous!! South Sudan parliament is always ready to say "Yes Sir" and never said "No"! I think that parliament is hired to say "Yes" only!!
    Useless parliament + corrupted Ministers = Crap country

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    • 29 January 2013 07:12, by John Gum

      Dear Ayen,i did n’t know that you love the lake state citizens to lives in peace and presvrse their life not to fight each other.you seem to be very loyal,popular and pariot.Chol has been so weak even before he unexpectedly became the governor of lake state with people support that splm even if a dog,he/she can lead.he is too account to have involved in other term into the conflict causes.

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      • 29 January 2013 21:31, by Amantiel Kem

        It is a shame for those MPS who support president decision for removing elected governor but it is not a surprise to see Ayen supporting it to the extent of quoting an article she doesn’t read nor understand. The first mistake was electing illiterates to SSLA and the 2nd mistake was accepting a fool to lead our nation. How can illiterate be appointed as a caretaker governor?

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    • 29 January 2013 09:56, by Turism

      But let wait time for change to come, many corrupt will fine their way outside countries as before.

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  • 29 January 2013 07:11, by master

    this fake parliment afraid to be dissolve if not inked what kiir said
    figureprint is their mission
    hahaa

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    • 29 January 2013 07:17, by John Gum

      Master,you need to stop nonsense on this forum,you need to change your attitude some time to tell the truth to people.

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      • 29 January 2013 09:54, by Turism

        Big bros, u are right 100% master or how do u call him or her are joking in this forum.

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  • 29 January 2013 07:25, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Presidential decree 4 removing elected Governor wasn’t misplaced. It was meant 2 save the little remaining. Ex-Governor missed one thing z fm days of these clashes I told my fellow comrades z Mayay shld ve done before he was sent home. If I were him, I would have resigned 2 save the little dignity 4 future politicking or socical interaction, but now he would be seen politicially n socially unfit!

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    • 29 January 2013 07:34, by John Gum

      You are correct Akolde but he can do that in his life.

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      • 29 January 2013 08:01, by Mabor Malou

        Eng. Chol was removed on other accounts not tribal conflicts. There were other series of killings and shootings after his dismissal,if it is the case than Maj.Gen Matur would have been removed before reaching the ground of Lakes. Let the two parliaments enjoy their money( National & State). They are also part of the problem in Lakes. Why don’t they go and talk to their constituencies.

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        • 29 January 2013 09:39, by John Gum

          Chol umcle’son,your uncle has million of dollars budget for for 50 years,he will still educate you wherever you wish to study.do not spoil Maj.gen.Matur Chut,he is independent person who will not act against any section in Lake state or south sudan in general.

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          • 29 January 2013 10:14, by Mabor Malou

            I am an impartial being. I don’t follow where the wind blows. I am not against anybody.Chol is not my blood uncle, he doesn’t know me either.He could be my uncle on principles. I don’t bootslick. If you know Eng. Chol has squandled millinons of dollars, why don’t you open a case against him? He has no immunity now.You have attacked my personality and i don’t know you.

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        • 29 January 2013 14:51, by Morthon Akol

          Comrade Mabor Malou, you are 100% right those so call Hon. they have a big hand in all those problem in Lakes foe example if am a representative of Amothnon in Parliament than why do i stay in Rumbek town and not stay with my people and talk to them if there is a problem? General Matur will follow the same step and may be situation become worth.but let us hope for the best.

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      • 29 January 2013 08:04, by John Gum

        he can’t do that in his life to resign.

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        • 30 January 2013 12:39, by Akook

          John Gum, always paranoid, accusing whoever support former Gov and abusive, he doesn’t know how to handle himself for any meaningful political debate. Pls behave sir!!!
          Chol Tong was unlawfully removed, and lets wait if killing in this state would be gone 4ever..

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  • 29 January 2013 07:43, by Bol Pur

    I agree with John Gum and the rest on this forum. President decree to remove Chol was for the benefit of Lakes state. I don’t think whether Ayen can be against lives of her people. Well Ayen and Chol have been friends for a long time but not compromise people’s lives. Ayen love people of South Sudan and that is why mediate between kiir and Garang 2005 conflict. Parliament is right.

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    • 29 January 2013 09:48, by mudfish

      you guys,its n’t make sense to say the reomval of Chol Tong for benefit of lakes.there is btibal conflict in other states such as warrap,jungle,unity and event in juba the presidential resident but no action !!! it unlawful and downsiding the governor.

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  • 29 January 2013 08:46, by Gaddfa

    what is wrong with South Sudan parliament really do they know what is called laws? how in the world would they support the wrong decision made by president. who else will tell them that ENG. Tong chol mayay was voted by the people constitutionally. he was not appointed by Mr. president who today sacked him. people wake-up and see the real world, president is not God for goodness sake. wake-up

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  • 29 January 2013 08:57, by Ker.

    my dear brothers and sisters from S Sudan please let me assure you Mr Jalaba and Master are typical gays hired by NCP to blackmail S Sudan by whatever mean possible and colliding us southerners as well.
    plz allow him to back at us but lets continue with our mission that is toppling the Khartoum regime by suporting our SRF brothers

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  • 29 January 2013 09:15, by Dansedit

    this parliament is run by kiir,whatever kiir do will always be approve by parliament even if the whole nation is against it.so i advice south sudanese not to rely on this institution ’parliament of juba for kiir’, it is there for the occupants to get their salary and push on with the life.

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  • 29 January 2013 10:02, by mudfish

    it was a fake decision and lack of responsibility,the governor was elected the citizen not by president.there is national parliament and State perliament,he suppose fut in image the perliamment instead of action idiotly.chol Tong is Suppose to resign from the desperate regime and fake government which full of mistake and misleading.

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    • 29 January 2013 10:57, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

      If we really talk sense, we can say there is mixture of biscuit and red pepper for appointing wen Chut Dhuol Alek as lakes state acting governor. Cdr Matur Chut is 99.9 % fine in militaristic field equally to James Hoth Mai. I respect him a lot when he protected Agaar civilians from being deteriorated by Nuer Millitias in 1992 at Akoth cattlecamp. I was a very young lovely boy who was living wi

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      • 29 January 2013 11:00, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

        I was a very young lovely boy who was living with dad and step mother in those days, thank you Maturdit.
        But when we come to governorship skills, I want to swear on your face that you are not good with books as you obviously know, however being pointed by Kiir is not bad but we don’t want to hear the tribalism which was suspected within you between the line of your very own 2 sections!

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        • 29 January 2013 11:02, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

          I don’t want to mention Gony and Theyiich. If I were Salva Mayardit, I could have chosen one person among the listed five men as a governor of Lakes state, David Nok Marial, kedit Madol Kedit, Kuch Abiei, Paul Macuei Malok and Mabor Wende Makuek despite how young he is.
          As it was over, I wish everyone to be united and help Matur Chut Dhuol Alek gathering his peace and unity among the Statesmen.

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          • 29 January 2013 11:05, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

            Warning ‘ I can’t trust other states whether one can attack lakes state !, so the numerous disarmament of Lakestaters is not the case unless other states are being disarmed.
            AM mr Tueny-cengkot Awuw-toch babayee.

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            • 29 January 2013 12:22, by Kurnyel

              real politcs, someone from Rumbek clearly informs me today that Ayen Maguat was once suger-mother to Chol Tong, she was a number one advisor to Chol Tong she was the real mess of Mr Mayay.

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              • 29 January 2013 14:29, by Nuer Empire

                MPs are just bunches of illiterates looking after their money and their children!
                The Nuer Empire

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  • 29 January 2013 16:15, by Agutthon

    1.Need to curb immense powers of president constitutionally.
    2.Our parliaments are made up of dead wood and maybe zombies.
    3. Dry selective application of decrees based on perceptions.

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