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Lakes state caretaker governor initiates license on firearms


February 16, 2013 (RUMBEK) - The newly-appointed caretaker Governor of South Sudan’s Lakes state, Major Gen. Matur Chut Dhuol has initiated a policy licensing all firearms in the region.

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

Dout, a military governor, recently appointed through a decree by South Sudan president, Salva Kiir, has imposed a fee of SSP150 ($80) on each firearm in the hands of individuals in the state.

The governor, while addressing the public in Rumbek, the state capital said the new policy is part of his security reform mechanism, applicable only to those who resist the forceful disarmament exercise.

“I said all firearms [have] to be registered [and] all youth who resist disarmament must register their arm with 150 SSP,” said the acting governor.

The new fee, he stressed, will enhance efforts by state authorities control guns, adding that it will be paid annually.

Dout, however, warned that those who fail to comply would have their gun removed and handed over to the South Sudan’s security forces.

Almost a month since he took over office, the caretaker governor has initiated a series of security reforms in the state, known for its cycle of violence. Critics, however, accuse the new governor of using a military approach to governance, as opposed to the softer stance of his predecessor, Chol Tong Mayay.


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  • 17 February 2013 07:30, by George Bol

    Matur will help Lake state. People are different, there are those who understand through taught situation and there are those who listen to soft stand. This is why human are different.Unity state has become better because of governor Taban Deng Gai.

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    • 17 February 2013 07:43, by Deng II

      Taban Deng is son of whore Nuer and Gay Arab.

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    • 18 February 2013 02:26, by Samuel Malual

      He is a thief of all thieves. This illiterate former Major General will not do anything accept looting from civilians as he used to. I know him too well because i was serving within the forces he led.

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  • 17 February 2013 07:38, by PT92

    Not a bad start

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  • 17 February 2013 08:20, by wang

    Wow! A brad new appointed governor is finally starting his new policy by riffing off the civilians in that Ghetto State through taking their incomes in the name of disarmament. Dinka corruption is now become a chronic genetic diseases in South Sudan and we must find a way to eradicate and control it.

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    • 17 February 2013 11:33, by kamal

      Corruption is natural in the blood of south Sudan people .any tribe is corrupte

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  • 17 February 2013 08:54, by Son of Ngundeng

    the work that was don
    e by govervnor it was very good job if the useless governor of jonglie state do like this we can
    save the life of innocent people.

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  • 17 February 2013 08:57, by sammartin

    This measure is quite interesting, because it regulates firearms, by cons I do not know if it will be implemented correctly.

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  • 17 February 2013 09:26, by Raam_mi raam

    I think Lake state is luckly to be saved , Why should Kirr rescue lou Nuer by sacking Kuol and replace him with Maj Gen Bol Koang , Then all of us enjoy peace

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  • 17 February 2013 09:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The policy by acting governor is the way to keep youth thinking after their life.

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  • 17 February 2013 12:54, by Eastern

    Resistance is the way the youth will take. SSP100 is nothing in South Sudan today. A young man owning an AK47 will gladly pay that to ’officially’ retain the leathal weapon; with which they will make make more money (through cattle raids). This is not a well thought out solution!!

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    • 17 February 2013 18:24, by Peacocktail

      The Lake state Acting Governor is the FIRST man to introduce Firearm registration in South Sudan.To register your Firearm, You must bear the Security ID and Purepose of detaining the Firearm, the Form had many Details not Alone just came and paid. this is another tactiful disarmament Exercise. Jonglei should have invited Murle Youth for Registeration as trail.if they comply,bravo to Gove

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  • 17 February 2013 19:59, by marie

    Will the registration of the fire arms prevent the youth from using the fire arms in raiding cattle and killing people? I do not think we have advance forensic to identify the guns involved in a crime. The governor is devising a way to subsidize his income.

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  • 18 February 2013 06:57, by wulu selector

    i want 2 know what Matur means by annually fee charging is this disarmament or financial rising through arms because the term disarmament simply means collection now is he collecting money or guns this is not a solution because i may have 2 guns register one and use one for my criminality

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  • 18 February 2013 11:17, by Makunon

    The first meaning of this idea is organized looting of public money and second is to officially increase more arms to his skin men. It is unscientific, thoughtless and worse ever method of collecting money which could not be released for public hearing.Forming especial court is another one to follow for collecting enough money for his children. That is the only objective we all knew for him to do.

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  • 18 February 2013 12:24, by New Government

    That is good ideas from the Governor but the money is too little, it cannot scare them at all as most of the youth belong to government officials including Governor relatives they should take the money from them and pay it again to them.
    so the fee should be high and should be on monthly basics to avoid some wrong element not to support with money.

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