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Minister sacked by Lakes state’s military governor

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February 8, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Lakes state’s military caretaker Governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol has relieved two senior members of the state government on Friday evening without replacement.

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Lakes state’s outgoing minister of information and communication, Charles Badiri Mayen, 18 January 2013 (Photo: ST)

The two sacked officials were the minister for information and communication, Charles Badiri Mayen, and Mangar Matoc Machar, the commissioner of headquarters.

The military caretaker governor thanked both the outgoing minister and commissioner for their services to the people of Lakes state.

The decree did not indicate the reasons behind Dhuol’s decision but it comes only a day after the chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Lakes state, Daniel Awet Akot, said that he would never forgive Mayen for his role in allegedly opposing his appointment of the party’s new state secretary-general.

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Decree relieving of Lakes minister by the caretaker governor. (GoSS)

Mayen had refused Akot permission to broadcast a statement about the reasons behind his decision to appoint Mabor Ater Dhuol as the new SPLM state secretary, the state chairperson said.

Akot said Thursday ahead of Mayen’s sacking: “I will forgive everyone who had objected [to] my decision to appoint [Mabor Ater Dhuol as SPLM state] secretary but I will not forgive that man, Charles Badiri Mayen, no matter whatsoever. If God come from heaven to earth, Charles deserves not to be forgiven.”

State government sources in Lakes state have predicted more changes to the administration in the coming days, with the caretaker governor expected to embark on wider consultations with members of various institutions and intellectuals from the area.

“I think this is the just the beginning. We are expecting more changes soon. The caretaker governor is more likely to conduct wider consultation with members of the various institutions first. I think he will consult members of parliament, [the] SPLM state secretariat, counties and, of course, he will also consult authorities in Juba before making major changes”, a government source told Sudan Tribune on Friday from Rumbek town, the capital of Lakes state.

The SPLM in Lakes state has faced several divisions since September when Ater’s appointment was announced. After over four months of argument Ater was finally sworn in this week in controversial circumstances, with many SPLM institutions and individuals boycotting the event.

Opponents of Ater say that his swearing in should not be recognised as the SPLM’s State Liberation Council did not vote to approve the appointment. Politicians within Lakes state have traded accusations with Juba-based politicians over the current insecurity in the state and the unrest within its administration.

Charles Badiri Mayen was appointed in May 2012 by former elected governor Chol Tong Mayay, who himself was sacked in January by South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir after 25 people were killed in fighting between clans of the Dinka tribe, which is the dominant ethnic group in the central state.

Since taking power Dhuol has made a number of controversial announcements, warning politicians he would close parliament should they continue to discuss politics and creating a secret detention centre for those arrested in connection with recent violence.

Suspects would only have access to a government-appointed attorney, Dhuol has said, adding that human rights officials and family members would not be allowed to visit those arrested.

Top of Dhuol’s agenda is restoring security. An arms registration process has been launched and a civilian disarmament campaign has been ordered by president Kiir.

Akot urged citizens in Lakes state to collaborate with their new military caretaker governor in order to bring peace, stability and unity to the people of Lakes state ahead of the 2015 general election.

State government sources said they expect more changes in the administration in the coming days as the caretaker governor embarks on wider consultations with members of various institutions and intellectuals from the area.

“I think this is the just the beginning. We are expecting more changes soon. The Caretaker governor is more likely to conduct wider consultation with members of the various institutions first. I think he will consult members of parliament, SPLM State Secretariat, counties and of course he will also consult authorities in Juba before making major changes”, a government source told Sudan Tribune on Friday from Rumbek town, capital of Lakes State.

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Decree relieving of Lakes minister by the caretaker governor. (GoSS)
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  • 9 February 2013 05:47, by master

    they are cooking the mess
    next days could be very hard for this state

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    • 9 February 2013 06:01, by Peacocktail

      Master,
      there was already a mess in the State, The Military Governor is implementing his agenda on military basis.they Civilians wanted to challenge the Government by risking the lives of everyone. Go ahead Governor Dhuol,if 2015 Election comes,people need you there to be the next legimate Governor not by Decree but through citizen votes.No one will feels being left out,our former Governor Maya

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    • 10 February 2013 09:24, by Whortti Bor Manza

      Come on. This idiot called Daniel Awet knows nothing besides violence and strong affinity for money. He is only interested in costly trips to fuel clan feud in Lakes. Soon it will be their turn and Kiir to be sucked. I pity LS.

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  • 9 February 2013 05:54, by Peacocktail

    Bravo Governor Dhuol, remove whoever oppose your military adminstration and bring in new faces.they don’t know if they are Government Servant. Never stop there even Law inforcemnet Minister should be relieve for seek of peace.How do civilian started fighting within the State Capital without his knowledge and not quelling the situation.Let them go home and wait for general Election to be MPs.LS oye

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    • 9 February 2013 06:26, by Nuer Empire

      The Military man will not bring any changes

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  • 9 February 2013 06:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Hi,guys bad things are floating into government policy why caretaker governor base his policy at Daniel Awet who become wild dog in the state? Awet and Matur Chuot are elephant and charpard better to be told to small animals not to confornt with big wild animals.

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    • 9 February 2013 08:07, by Tong dut

      TWO GOVERNORS IN ONE STATE, LAKES STATE, RUMBER ONLY FOR TROUBLE.THE WORLD OF HELL, WILD DOGS, READY TO KILL ANYTHINGS WITH LEGS.

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  • 9 February 2013 06:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Which state has two governors like Lakes state in the Republic of South Sudan?
    1. Lt. Gen. Awet Akot is governor of decision and planing while
    2. Mj. Gen. Matur Chuot is governor of resolution, intermidation and threatening. Two of them are governors at the same time. Dispite of Awet Akot as chairman of SPLM party in Lakes State.

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  • 9 February 2013 07:17, by whatsayyou

    He is practicing Military orders this is why he gives Mr Daniel Awet Akot a solemn respect because he is higher in Military rank than him.Be careful the Man Daniel is degeneration in his thinking Capacity. he want to be the next Governor of lakes state in 2015 by force. Let citizen of this state be in full alert of Such dictatorship which is coming with Akot.

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    • 9 February 2013 08:24, by George Bol

      Watsayu,
      I’m happy with Matur action because this is a type of leadership lake state want.This is another way people learn the truth and law. Please help hi, do the job!

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  • 9 February 2013 07:32, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Hero Daniel Awetdit would have retired already from public affairs in whatsoever if it wasn’t the longing of civil war reasons. I think he is over seventy years old man with many old lifestyles rely on military ways and not civilian lifestyle leadership in my views. Good luck hero.

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  • 9 February 2013 08:05, by George Bol

    Lake state will get better due to appointment military ruler.
    This is a language some people listen to.For those who listen through hardship, this rule is very much better for you but for those who know the law, the one of Chol Tong is better.Good job Awet Akot and Matur.

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  • 9 February 2013 08:23, by barbayo

    who is governor of Lake State ? Awet Akot or Matur Chut?

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  • 9 February 2013 08:34, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Even Awet Akot dare not to forgive? What is wrong with the people of this state?Unless you retrace the statement there will be more problems based on unofficial statement.

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  • 9 February 2013 08:37, by Mapuor

    I don’t know where these people were during the long war:Mabor Ater Dhuol,Charles Badiri,Mangar Matoc.Lakes has thousands of intellectuals who fought the war.Mr Matur dont concentrate on upstarts and forget stalwarts and veterans who were in trenches with you.Those three elements are neither educated nor sacrificed anything during the war.Kiir put you because you fought the war and now you ar

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    • 9 February 2013 08:43, by Mapuor

      almost doing something different,yeah Mabor Ater is not your making,its the making of Awet Akot who has all along been betraying movements cadres.Dont fall in Daniel Awet pit.Awet does not like military offices who fought the long war and that is dangerous.SPLM history is not known by Mabor Ater Dhuol,who will inform the young generation on how the SPLM evolved and hardship that it surmounted

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  • 9 February 2013 16:17, by wulu selector

    Wow thank God Badiri is removed the guy is so proud How can Badiri with his Chol Tong oppose D/S,Genaral,SPLM Chairman former Governor & one of the state elders thank Matur even stoping him from speaking to state owned Radio station they deserve more than sacking

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  • 10 February 2013 16:31, by Michael

    So Kiir is involved in this disorder in Lake State. Does president think that he get everything in order in Juba leave alone Rumbek? There is conpiracy in the SPLM power structure.
    Does Awet Akot think that bhe is forgiven leave forgiving anyone? Do SPLM leaders think they are sinless?

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  • 10 February 2013 19:23, by Dombolo

    What the leaders of South Sudan want, if they say this is a river while it is a pool you just say yes, that was the thing happen to Charles,the relly law did not allow cowboy Awet to act alone, but there are some step which need some members, if Awet can do thing himself, what is the reason of forming the consel.

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