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Lakes state: Newly appointed governor embarks on security reforms


January 29, 2013 (RUMBEK) – The newly appointed caretaker governor of South Sudan’s Lakes state, Major Gen. Matur Chuot Dhuol has embarked on a tour of all counties, putting security reform as his top priority.

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Dhuol replaced the former governor, Chol Tong Mayay, who was sacked through a decree South Sudan President, Salva Kiir issued last week.

However, a week since assuming his new role, the caretaker governor has toured the greater Yirol counties, comprising Awerial, Yirol West, Yirol East as well as Rumbek East, holding separate meetings with the various communities.

“In all [the] rallies that I held with [the] Lakes state population, I told them security [needs] to be improved. I am here to provide security to people of Lakes state and I need everyone to cooperate with [me],” he told Sudan Tribune.

The newly appointed governor warned that officials who fail to meet his objective of maintaining security, risk losing their positions.

He further told the community that his security reform agenda will also affect chiefs and those who stay “without assignment”.

Authorities in Lakes state’s Cueibet County told the caretaker governor that pastoralist youth from the area deserted their cattle camps, and fears are that they could be on a mission to raid cattle from neighboring Warrap state.

Dhuol has instructed the Cueibet County commissioner, Isaac Mayom Malek to act on the matter, and ensure the youth from his area to do carry out any raid.

“I have notified [the] commissioner of Cueibet County to resign if he fails to control such practices of cattle raiding between Cueibet and Warrap state,” Dhuol said, adding that cattle raiding is a “completely unacceptable” practice.

The caretaker governor said he will initiate a system whereby Lakes state communities will be compensated in case their cattle are raided by other people. He vowed to raise the matter with his counterparts in other states, adding that he will open a court case, if any governor fails to cooperate with him.

He also urged commissioners in Lake state counties to ensure the organised forces, including South Sudan army (SPLA) are on alert to monitor activities with their neighboring counties.

Lakes state has in recent weeks, experienced several incidences linked to cattle raids, prompting authorities to resume forceful disarmament after sectional clashes erupted in its Rumbek Central County for the first time.

On January 18, Amothnhom and Panyon inter-clans clashes in the state left more than 25 people dead, while about 30 sustained gunshot wounds. Prior to that, about 10 people died in Cueibet County, located in the western part of the state, when a group of heavily armed Gok Dinka youth killed seven SPLA soldiers in Malual-chum cattle camp.


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  • 30 January 2013 08:33, by omoni jr.

    good talk but Dinka never care what you said sir as long as cow is put before human life.

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    • 30 January 2013 09:15, by Malou Manyiel

      I would like such tough policies that would bring our people’s minds to their senses but the question is, will they be implemented fairly and restrictly?

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  • 30 January 2013 08:42, by Tong dut

    That new governor soon is going to be kill, or he will kill more people.Just today we are going to read or hear that some number of people are dead at Rumbek the new HEEL for young dinkas.

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    • 30 January 2013 09:09, by Big Boy

      Dear all
      The speech seemed directed at a Lakes state torn by a deepening clan’s war that the Tribune says has cost some 25 lives in the past two weeks.
      Millions are displaced in desperate conditions inside the lakes, and hundreds of people’s are living in difficult conditions in neighboring cuebet.
      "A whole lot of lakes still stand behind the former government," Chol Mayey Social people "And this

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      • 30 January 2013 09:11, by Big Boy

        this is also because they hate the alternative."
        Sudan tribune predicted that 2013 would be even bloodier than 2012, adding: "This isn’t a question of weeks or months."
        Recent New military rule Maj.Gen: Matur assessments have, however, predicted that peoples of Lakes state time would be up in matter of weeks.
        His speech underlined that he was still in Yirol, still determined to fight on, whateve

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        • 30 January 2013 09:19, by Big Boy

          determined to fight on, whatever the cost, so the new militay ruler said instead you my people’s of lakes why do you fight amongst yrselves?why don’t you go and fight for the border’s of Awiel,Abyei,and Panthou instead of cattle raids,then you die like butterfly, frogs and night.and without compensated.

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  • 30 January 2013 08:47, by J P Puok

    A right leader on a wrong people and a wrong place
    please wait abit lets teach these thugs of yours a lesson or two before you disarm them so that they don’t complain that this was because they were disarm, inorder that they hear through their eyes. they are backward creatures who believe in primitive ways of life. today themselves, tomorow Unity or Warrap state attacked, what a people!

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  • 30 January 2013 08:48, by Majak Mangar Chawul

    It is a good moves played by caretaker governor of Lakes state, ,but some politicians will influences him and talk in his throat and it will be a starting point of his maladministration and if he keep all his promises,he would managed the state more than other governors in the country.
    Dear governor,if you listen to the advices of the failed politicians ,you will also be throw on street.

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    • 30 January 2013 09:32, by EES Kingmaker

      Dear Governor Lakes State,
      You should stick to your words and follow through. Lakes State citizens need security and security of their wealth. Please identify criminals from different counties and persuade your colleaggues from other states to follow suit.

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  • 30 January 2013 09:13, by master

    he looks as tyrant

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    • 30 January 2013 09:36, by EES Kingmaker

      Can he be really compared to the Arab butcher, despotic Bashir?

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  • 30 January 2013 10:04, by Makunon

    That is worse with our African leaders, they don’t mention anything better does by ex-successor to win confident of ex-supporters.Mr. new governor of Lake state failed to do so and that is a clear sign of division of people. Without ex, there should be no where to start.

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    • 30 January 2013 10:37, by master

      your words really full of wisdom
      you are right

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      • 30 January 2013 10:44, by Turism

        are you depending on what pple say?

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    • 30 January 2013 13:23, by Nuer Empire

      Folks:This illitrate caretaker governor is coming to target only the educated people in Lake State.Ok let us see who will loss his/her position
      **The Nuer Empire**

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  • 30 January 2013 10:42, by Turism

    Mr. governor,
    No good human being in the world but with the time you endure if even if pple are still complaining start developing as you can but dont hear of complain otherwise you will fall.

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  • 30 January 2013 10:48, by Ajongtar

    Good move MATUR, Its good that you are only person who can manage this Dinkas,
    I will recomend you to call Boll Akot to help you in restricting the security in Lakes.
    Yes Mayom must resign if he fail to fullfil his mandat or else fire him, like what hapened to him in the year 2001 during our laberation time.

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    • 30 January 2013 10:51, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

      Man of fairness like mr Awuw-toch gives credit to whoever does the perfect assignments. Wen Chut Dhuol Guong Alek, in 1992 has done very successful duty when he protected Agar civilians from being deteriorated by Nuer Militias who thuggishly attacked Akoth and Marial-bek cattle camps, few miles away from Rumbek. It is a full credit which I don’t want to forget in 100 years, but I want to assure..

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      • 30 January 2013 10:54, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

        I want to advise him that, the promise without fulfilment is not tolerated. We no longer fear other outsiders from harming Lakes state because you are well equipped to defend it.
        To bring more security, you need to put away tribalism which others have been suspecting on you since 2001 between your very own two or few sections in Rumbek east...

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        • 30 January 2013 10:56, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

          I believe the exploration of every county preaching the peace through discussion is a very good start Maturdit. Moreover, the commissioners who seemed to have been involved in these rhetorical crises should also be removed and replaced with new faces, especially those who lack humanity yet looting civilians’ properties must better get disillusionment from commissionership...

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          • 30 January 2013 11:04, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

            I have been saying; neither engineering nor militarism can solve the Lakes state violence alone, but to be persuasive and fulfil the promises can restore peace, unity and cooperation. We are all listening and you will be appreciated if you work accordingly or cursed if you fail the task. Whose Mayom is mr Ajongtar talking about? By mr Acengkot Awuw-toch Babayee.

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  • 30 January 2013 10:56, by DDooggaa

    Mr Governor, you are wasting time. these monkeys will not listen nor even improve.

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    • 30 January 2013 13:52, by Majongdit

      hey boy, if only you are not much more than a monkey yourself, then you would have thought it unwise to call a whole population of close to one million people ’monkeys’. They are the same lot you bow down at there in Juba. They are the heart of S. Sudan. Plse don’t mix the madness of cattle keepers with the decent character of the general society. I’m not from Lakes, but am annoyed with ur dirty w

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      • 30 January 2013 18:38, by Peacocktail

        Dear Maj.Gen Maturdit,You have started well,Preach Peace and prosecute those criminal messing Communities up.
        1. Sack the Commissioners from Trouble Counties and get new faces.
        2.Mobilize SPLA and MP NSPS to Secure all the Cattle camps &mmediate disarmament-first Voluntarily then follow by forceful before rain set in.
        3.Get all criminal through chiefs and sentto Jonglei Prison for 1yr correction

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  • 30 January 2013 12:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The only good move if no fall, the state emergency governor instructed the eight counties commissioners to resign if anyone fall from he/her duties. And instructed the counterpart governors to cooperate with him if they fall he will open the court for those governors.

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    • 30 January 2013 18:47, by Peacocktail

      Makuac Lam,
      There some Commissioner doing very well e.g. Awerial County Commissioner. Hon.David Mayom, Yirol West are few that can helps the Military Governor to success. remove those Commissioners from Cattle raiders and get those boys in Unifroms to be part time Commissioner. You can instructed them with Sensitive Orders and implementation shall be Perfect. Bravo to your new Adminstration in LS

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  • 30 January 2013 12:24, by New Government

    Dear Governor.
    your promises should not be like that one former Governor Chol during his campaign 2010 where he made the same speech that his first priority should be security. am afraid when you sit on that chair you will forgot everything and fall along tribal issue.
    To be success allow fire squad to those find guilty of killing innocent person.

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  • 30 January 2013 15:19, by RICKBUSTER

    To:Mr Governor-Lake state..There is time to rule and time to be out,please! try what ever you can and remember as a human being in what ever you do people must talks.

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