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February 1, 2013 (JUBA/RUMBEK) - Young men arrested in relation to recent violence in Lakes state will be held at a special secret prison without access to their own lawyers or human rights officials, the troubled state’s new military caretaker governor has said.

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Matur Chuot Dhuol was appointed as caretaker governor of Lakes state in January 2013 (ST)

Prisoners at the special prison, which is in an unknown location in Rumbek, will only be accessed by a government appointed attorney, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol said on a visit to Cueibet County on Thursday.

"No human rights people" will be able to visit this prison nor would families be able to visit relatives held there, the acting military governor said.

"You and your God will stay in that prison” added the caretaker Governor, who replaced Chol Tong Mayay on January 22. Mayay was sacked without warning by South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, apparently because he had struggled to maintain security in the state.

Earlier this month, clashes between sections of the Dinka ethnic group erupted in Rumbek Central county, killing 25 people and injuring more than 30.

On Tuesday, Dhuol directed the commissioners of all eight counties in Lakes state to confront cattle raiders in their communities and bring them to justice.

He has also warned members of Lakes state’s legislative assembly to stop debating politics in parliament, saying he will shut down parliament if political topics continue.

In a rally at the Cueibet County headquarters on Thursday, Dhuol said he had been appointed to oversee security reform and bring peace back to the state. Those who raided cattle from neighbouring states must immediately to return them, he said, warning that the military would retrieve the cattle by force, if they were not returned.

Dhuol warned that chiefs and commissioner who fail to return looted cows will be sacked and arrested.

DISARMAMENT

Thousands of young men still have illegal firearms in Lakes state, despite a disarmament campaign initiated in 2010. Dhuol has ordered firearms registration to start immediately, but no deadline for the process has been announced.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir directed the Lakes State caretaker Governor to carry out an immediate, comprehensive and unconditional collection of illegal weapons held by civilians and unauthorised groups, according to a senior government official.

Kiir, in a briefing with the new interim governor, reportedly said he does not want to hear any more reports from Lakes state about people being killed in ambushes or by cattle raiders.

"The mission we gave you is to ensure that law and order is restored in Lakes. You have to initiate and draw up clear action plans to bring stability to the area. Our people should learn how to live in peace so that they would be able to enjoy the benefits of being in an independent state. We did not fight for independence so that we could turn against ourselves when freedom we wanted is gained", an aide quoted President Kiir as telling Dhoul over the phone on Friday.

The president also instructed the conduct of thorough searches for weapons in the state and the immediate identification and arrest of ring leaders in connection with an attack in a dispute over grazing land and water in a rural area in the eastern part of the state, between rival clans from the Dinka Agar ethnic group.

“One of your immediate tasks is to form [a] fact finding committee to conduct a full and thorough investigation to establish the root cause. The committee should identify the ring leaders and make necessary recommendations on which the government will act. The law will deal with those who will be found involved. Whatever their political or social status will be, they will have to answer justice. There should be no excuses for inciting violence and killings”, added Kiir, during the telephone conversation with the interim military governor.

The caretaker governor, a source at the presidency said, told president that he has held series of meetings with county commissioners and key members of state legislative assembly to chat a way to bring peace and build trust between communities in the area.

In January, armed clansmen with modern weapons, allegedly from Rumbek East County, clashed with members of a rival ethnic group in neigbouring Rumbek Central County, forcing them to retreat into Rumbek town, capital of Lakes state.

The initial attempts by the state authorities, including a night-time curfew and deployment of extra soldiers and police, did not immediately contain the clashes. It is widely believed that this is what could have led to the sacking of the former governor.

Lakes state is one of the many areas in South Sudan were pastoral communities have repeatedly clashed over access to grazing land, water resources and cattle ownership.

Neighbouring Jonglei state has been undergoing a disarmament campaign since March, but cattle raids and insecurity still persist.

(ST)

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  • 3 February 2013 03:16, by salah

    "You and your God will stay in that prison” added the caretaker Governor. WOW, is he really going to keep God in prison? What is God’s crime?

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  • 3 February 2013 03:18, by LL Reuben

    Agreed with him, they are criminals so must they be treated like criminals. They’ve killed people and so they should be completely isolated so they experience the consequenses of their acions. Human right organization shouldn’t interferes into this situation.

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  • 3 February 2013 04:40, by wang

    Those young men not only at Rumbek, but all over the country deserve to be in a deaths row. Keep that good work spirit up Mr Matur Chuot Dhuol. Jonglei State should do the same to their those notorious criminal youth.

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    • 3 February 2013 05:02, by julia

      yab,matur chut look alike kuol manyang juuk.it is true that the domestic carnivals Agaar need a man of few word like matur chut.we were coming from cuebit to Rumbek,on the way at Abieriu we got 3 young men,when they sow us, they ran away like ghazal for the first time for Agar boys to do that.thank u matur for securing lake&the road leading to wau.God bless ur action.

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    • 3 February 2013 06:45, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Traditionally you put somebody in the death row when is clear he/she killed somebody by plots. There is no death for peson who did not killed anybody because of thiefs only. They can be arrested for a long time for punishment

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  • 3 February 2013 05:05, by master

    above comment show who idiots these guy
    this guy a trouble maker
    let them fuck each other

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    • 3 February 2013 05:24, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

      "We did not fight for independence so that we could turn against ourselves when freedom we wanted is gained" said Kiir, it is a kind word a persident deserve to say, so thank him. After all, Matur must to identify criminals from innocence ones. And disarmaent should not be LakeSS alone.

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    • 3 February 2013 05:28, by julia

      master u re assailing s.sudan with ur dirty word.
      U gay we will look for another gay like u to fuck ur asshole.
      Son of prostitut woman of the gays country of northern sudan.
      Matur chut is a patriot,nationalist who love his home country s.sudan more than same drunkard like u.we thank him for his useful action&progress even though he is no fulfilling Eng.Chol educational,he deserve respect&Hon.

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      • 3 February 2013 06:40, by master

        julia
        subhuman
        your empty brain will lead you to hell inshalah
        stick to your fertile imagination and when hell’s doors open then cry loudly
        i wish that kiir and his caretaker fuck you deep inside your dirty ass
        ugly monkey

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  • 3 February 2013 05:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That’s resulted of being military appointed as governor. because he is not joke with those who act crime whether you are government officails normal person Matur Chut Dhuol will deal you.

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  • 3 February 2013 05:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Dear friends, there is illegal prison where criminal stay with he/she own God set up by Matur Chut then what about those whos corrupted, ate" 14,000000.00 SSP pension suppose to be there. Those are most killers than cattles raiders.

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  • 3 February 2013 06:25, by Jalaby


    "No human rights people"
    "You and your God will stay in that prison”

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    • 3 February 2013 06:33, by Jalaby

      Oh my Goodness! what type of human being who can say that?!
      Caretaker Governor of Lakes state, Mr. Matur Chuot should be called Mr. Immature Chuot instead!! This man is nothing but fully insane man,I’m not surprise at all because crazy people should always be ruled by a crazy governor!
      It’s clear this new governor will never distinct between the victim and executioner

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      • 3 February 2013 06:50, by Jalaby

        but will kill, beat, torture, terrorize, all people over there!!
        Now Lakes state has joined the troubled states in the south, Before they were only the border states with Sudan, now another new state is under way to join the troubled states which is E. Equatoria state,governor Mr. Louis Lobong has just shouted loudly for help because of hunger that could blow up the

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        • 3 February 2013 06:59, by Jalaby

          whole situation over there, he begged for help before it goes out of control but it seems that his appeal came too late and the situation is going from bad to ugly because no money and the treasure is empty except from spider’s web,Arab/Jalaba are cutting the water and electricity (oil & food) from the south and the south is going to no where but for sure to hell!!

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          • 3 February 2013 07:07, by Jalaby

            I believe Arab/Jalaba will be very happy to see a crazy person like Mr. Matur (Immature) Chuot as caretaker Governor of Lakes stat because he will mess up the whole situation over there and adds more mess to it and that will speed up the process of Arab/Jalaba strategy of "Collapsing from Inside" after they launched a harsh economic war against the south!!

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            • 3 February 2013 07:17, by Jalaby

              I believe Arab/Jalaba goal is to get rid of evils people in the south who are causing a severe migraine headache to them, Arab/Jalaba are working hard to keep their backyard (the south) clean and free of devils, I believe the south is full of devils now!
              I believe Arab/Jalaba will succeed because their goal is noble!
              Bless You Arab/Jalaba!!

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              • 3 February 2013 07:32, by Mapuor

                South Sudan was secure during the war when it was under the army.Gen Matur is one of those officers who maintained security when SPLA was fighting the Jalaba.We need strong army officers to take over and bring peace to South Sudan,come on Gen Bashir did the same in Sudan.

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      • 3 February 2013 06:51, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Lake state need somebody like that,Lake State is alway to bad of criminal of individual thiefs,cattles and Ambush traders. They need a strong person to let every come to justic. if they are cattles raiders they,should be punished very serious many years in Jail. subdue them all Matur Chuot

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      • 3 February 2013 06:58, by Dukdal

        Why was Human right commission formed? Or isn’t Lakes part of S.Sudan. I don’t blâme you when you even don’t know the rIght of dead and living.

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  • 3 February 2013 07:25, by Mapuor

    Hahahaha this is gross misinformation,Gen Matur Chuot did not say "you and your God,but said you and your gods" meaning satanic gods.More over the conflict was between Rub clans and Kuei clans who are all from Rumbek Centre not between Rumbek East and Centre.Matur is a military General and if he managed the army well then he will do the same in Lakes.

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    • 3 February 2013 07:35, by Kurnyel

      Matur Cut or murderer is biger than Human rights.Hahaha what did I tell you last week about the man. He is a damn Idi Amin Dada in Lakes State, that perison should be watch carefully otherwise, it will be filled with alonly Panajuong enemies. Good luck mr graduate of blood, Lakes State will be worse than Chol era. Can any Gelweng shot him just with one bullet in the face at close range? what a sha

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      • 3 February 2013 08:30, by Nuer Empire

        Yes,it is simple that there will no access to prison as the dictator king siad it.That is the way to treat domestic carnivals of Lake State.They will not be accessed as their bodies will be given to another hungry carnivals for consumptions.They get enough food now free of charges and deaths.Mr governor we will access the new Carnival prison though u will kill us.
        **The Nuer Empire**

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        • 3 February 2013 09:22, by Nuer Empire

          Daniel Awet Akothad designed 39 laws against Nuer and he is nominated as a Deputy Speaker.He is deviding SPLM now in his in Lkae State by nominating a party Secretary without consulting the party members in Lake State.His 39 laws against Nuer will fall on his head!!
          **The Nuer Empire**

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  • 3 February 2013 11:01, by master

    we didn’t did what this guy doing when we were their master

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  • 3 February 2013 14:33, by MO-JO1

    The people of South Sudan are xtremely confused and chaotic, particularly Lake State citizens, whose state has been tribally devastated for so long – long before some real logical human being can imagine. Someone would find this rare phenomenon: Brothers against brothers, sisters against sisters, fathers against fathers, mothers against mothers, relatives against relatives, sub-tribe against sub-t

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    • 3 February 2013 14:35, by MO-JO1

      , and the phenomenon goes on and on. During the time Gov. Chol was in power, the very people rose up against and complained about abuses, mismanagement, corruption, and nepotism, and arbitrary detentions.
      They claimed, the governor, armed his sub-tribe against another. All were baseless under no circumstances (in a legal point of view). Now that the president heard their desperate voices and resp

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      • 3 February 2013 14:37, by MO-JO1

        responded by deposing the governor per propaganda se, they started nagging about how the president has something against them. What a deranged Stone Age population!! A Taliban-like!!
        A population without compromise or consideration whatsoever must be left to their own irrational disguise. The world is fed up.

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  • 4 February 2013 13:28, by Majok

    Majok give his recommendation that human right personal should not be stopped from visiting the cattle raiders who are arrested at Lake State, let them go they can not release the prisoners without knowing the reason of arresting them, if it,s the issue of cattle that they raided they should be ask to bring the cows back and to be release.

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  • 5 February 2013 07:51, by Agaar Eye

    Dear Mr.governor,we can belame you allot beacuse you don’t know anything about rule of law what you know is "Gun" but we will educate you about the ITCS, we put much of this mess your are doing to Mr President who appointed you,Look My dear Lakers,since 2010 election.mr.kiir did come to lakes state to say thank you for voting me. I think he is a one having problem with lakes. Matur and Kiir are eq

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