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Lakes caretaker governor calls for ministerial support for disarmament


February 5, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Lakes state’s military caretaker governor Major General Matur Chut Dhuol has called on the council of ministers to put more efforts into collective cooperation to support the disarmament process in the troubled state.

He contradicted his earlier threats to shut down state parliament, saying he is willing to work closely with state members.

The comments come as Dhuol assumed office on Monday in the capital Rumbek after being sworn in by South Sudanese president Salva Kiir.

Following his appointment by presidential decree in January, Dhuol has toured all eight counties of the state, preaching his tough new set of security reform initiatives.

He has also issued several warnings to close down state parliament if lawmakers continue to debate sensitive topics such as politics and human rights.

Dhuol says his brief is to restore peace and security before the kick-off of the 2015 national elections and as such warned against those pursuing a political agenda ahead of that time, saying there was “no room for politics [from] now until 2015”.

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

Speaking earlier this month, Dhuol was adamant that “No human rights people” will be permitted into the secretive Lakes state prison where young men arrested in relation to the recent spate of violence will be held at an unspecified location without access to legal representation or human rights officials.

Lakes state’s minister of Information and communication, Charles Badiri Mayen, confirmed the governor had called upon the council of ministers to support him to achieve the disarmament process, adding he wanted all Lakes state’s main roads to be free of robbery and car hijackings.

Charles added that the governor believed that disarmament could only be achieved across all eight counties if robberies and other illegal activities along the roadways were stamped out.


Dhuol’s predecessor Chol Tong Mayay was sacked by the president without warning on January 22 after apparently struggling to maintain security in the state following the violent outbreak.

Prior to his dismissal Mayay ordered the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and South Sudan Police Services (SSPS) to launch operations of forceful disarmament in the three counties affected by the clashes between the Amothnhom and Panyon sections of the Dinka ethnic group.

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.

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.

Meanwhile, attempts to swear in Mabor Ater Dhuol as acting secretary of the Lakes states Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s (SPLM) has caused dissent among party members.

Officials in Lakes state from South Sudan’s ruling party remain divided following the contentious appointment in September and according to Charles, negotiations on whether or not Mabor should take the oath of office remain ongoing.

Daniel Awet Akot, the SPLM chairperson for Lakes state, appointed Mabor in September last year, in a move the party’s state liberation council rejected, describing it as “unlawful”.

The council accuse Akot, who is also the deputy speaker of South Sudan’s national assembly, of making the decision without consulting other party members first.


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  • 7 February 2013 06:04, by sabrinabarron

    He contradicted his earlier threats to shut down state parliament, saying he is willing to work closely with state members. customized fat loss

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  • 7 February 2013 06:39, by Turism

    Disarmament in Lakes state cant be possible since care taker governor is not cooperated with de parliamentarian in de state.

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  • 7 February 2013 07:06, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Lakes Emergency governor intially said good progress but finally governor become fall. Why he attached policy with ministers? This ministers among them and house representative of Lakes state some among them are afiliated to state trouble clashes

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    • 7 February 2013 07:31, by Nuer Empire

      It sounds good;Dinka vs Dinka vs (Nuer vs Murle) vs Equatorians v Shilluk.Folks I will draw a conflict lines of Dinka vs all tribes of South Sudan on a graphical conflict lines.They are vs each other,lol.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 7 February 2013 07:51, by New Government

    it’s good to work with them and be careful there are wrong element that spoiled lakes.
    remembers all the guns in the civilian hand were provided by these wrong element politicians in the state.
    This time you must know the reason for the killers that do escape with unknown reason and that is the root cause of revenge in lakes.

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    • 7 February 2013 09:54, by Kurnyel

      Matur Cut,is a dangerious person in whole of South Sudan and in Lakes particular. I have huge reason to doubt this man because he is uneducated man, he is triblist, he is murderer, all these disqualfy him for me.

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      • 7 February 2013 12:45, by Bungachier 50

        What you have written about Matur is beginning to reveal itself according to the reports that I’m getting.

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        • 7 February 2013 14:39, by wacjak

          Kurnel, so what? Go fuck yourself. You know nothing you coward Arabicized, islamized negro.
          Dear South Sudanese, let us pray for Lakes state people to have a heart of forgiveness. They are full of revenge and no room for ignoring other things.

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      • 8 February 2013 00:36, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Don’t you think of heaving the unkind words against Riek Machar,why is lake Lake state become your concern,when you are just a food lover torn between two countries.your people who were killed by spla in Rumbeek were thieves who deserved all of thier punishments.in 92 to 94,all nuers attacked Lake.Warap,Bor and Atar.their aims were to loot all dinka cattle.I don’t Riek is calling for reconsolatio

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        • 8 February 2013 02:51, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          correction, i don’t know why Riek,

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      • 8 February 2013 00:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Don’t you think of heaving the unkind words against Riek Machar,why is lake Lake state become your concern,when you are just a food lover torn between two countries.your people who were killed by spla in Rumbeek were thieves who deserved all of thier punishments.in 92 to 94,all nuers attacked Lake.Warap,Bor and Atar.their aims were to loot all dinka cattle.I don’t Riek is calling for reconsolation

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        • 8 February 2013 00:47, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          , and non of Dinka’s over 20 millions heads of cattle plus recent murle cows are not returned to their rightful owners.if Machar is being disturb by his guilt conscience,then that should not be everbody bussiness.at the time of his defection,alot of people tried to convinced him not to leave the movement.at the time his life and that of the zonal command was not that bad,me as a junior at the time

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          • 8 February 2013 00:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            , i used to rode in a regedy jeep and hino to go look for food supplies from.Itang, assosa,Jima etc.just to make sure our commanders are happy meanwhile they were planing for our killings,if we were to reject to their ill-intentions.it took me 10 days to escaped death from my nuer brothers.

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            • 8 February 2013 03:31, by Lotodo Awino Odug

              The reason for rebellion was not about self-determination,it was about nuer quest for their own political dispensation in a movement they perceived as dinka property[Lam own word]The nuer with a significant number of soldiers was Nyuon,Riek forces were equatorians and from zalzal two,some element of Aideed,jebel,tiger and jamus.

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              • 8 February 2013 03:47, by Lotodo Awino Odug

                of whom were dinkas,he voluntarily asked equatorians to followed him or choose to back home straight without having to joined any garrisions under spla troops.some left peacefully and those who objected were smmarily at 4 pm.those who ran were later killed by civillians in coldblood.

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