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Lakes: Officers arrested over prisoner escape


February 22, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Two senior officers from from Lakes state’s police and prison services were briefly arrested in Rumbek after a prisoner accused of murder briefly escaped in Rumbek Central Prison services on Wednesday.

Lakes state’s caretaker military governor, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol, is taking a hardline against suspected cattle raiders and others accused of violent crime as he attempts to restore security in the restive state after his surprise appointment last month.

The two arrested officers were detained at Langcok military prison after a suspected murderer, whose name has only been given as Chol, escaped from prison in Rumbek Central County.

Chol is accused of killing a person in Pulapat Village of Rumbek East County on Wednesday as revenge attack in connection with recent violence around Lel cattle camp in Kurnhom located in the southwest of the county.

The governor said that he personally ordered the arrest of the two senior prison officers after hearing of the suspects escape but asked that they be released after he was recaptured.

Addressing chiefs in his home village in Pacong payam [district] of Rumbek East County, Governor Dhoul stated that “those who killed people must to be arrested and justice need quick to be apply on those suspected killers.”

“Those who killed people have to report themselves to police or to their chiefs. There is no point [for] you [to] kill innocent people and you remain hiding yourself again, come and tell us why you kill people?” said Dhoul.

Rumbek East County commissioner David Marial Gumke, has reported that six people suspected of taking part in the recent clashes in Alel cattle camp have been arrested. Six people have died of gunshot wounds and seven people sustained gunshot wounds, he said.

Since Dhuol replaced Lakes state’s first elected Governor, Chol Tong Mayay, in January after a presidential decree, insecurity has continued in Rumbek North, Cueibet, Rumbek East and Rumbek Central counties, in spite of Dhoul placing security reform as his priority.

Rumbek North remain flash point for cattle raiding related clashes with neighbouring Unity state.

Rumbek East county has also experienced the continuation of inter-clan clashes between sections of the native Dinka tribe, which had erupted shortly before the former governor was sacked.

Governor Dhoul, on Friday vowed to summon his Unity state counterpart, Governor Taban Deng Gai, for meeting before South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to ask him to account for the repeated cattle raids from his state.

Unity state, however, also accuses young men of Lakes state of attacking them and taking their cattle.

Civilian populations in South Sudan regularly complained that disarmament campaigns have left the powerless to defend themselves against any form of aggression, despite the army deploying extra forces in conflict hotspots.


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  • 23 February 2013 11:08, by Tong dut

    The corrupted dinkas leaders in lakes state free their relatives from prison to go back to loot more cattle.
    Killers criminals,ganges,looters of great lakes state. to hell to them all.

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    • 23 February 2013 12:05, by BM-21

      Tong Dut
      which state are you bro.?I think you are not within South Sudan No peaceful state among ten (10)state of S.Sudan fuck you be in the affair of Lakes!

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      • 23 February 2013 15:08, by adamu

        in every state in the country it is a flat lie. And we can not allow you to go after those who are trying to tell the truth about the barbaric demeanour of your people in Lakes State and other states that are inhabited by your uncivilize ethnicity to stop this unnecssary killings and be like other multi tribe states who are living in harmony with one another dude.

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      • 23 February 2013 15:17, by adamu

        And abstain from using words that are of no useful need for public consumption bro.

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    • 23 February 2013 13:05, by Tong dut

      Thank you at your lakes state for killing your Dinka brothers, keep on with corrupted wild trouble to reduced your numbers.
      For I am asking God to punish any killer, looters and any animal which was stolen by the gangs to died including the person who still it.
      2015 will be the ends of all Dinkas in sudan.

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      • 23 February 2013 14:32, by James Maker Akok

        You praying for God for Dinka to died but it will turn on you for you to died because God doesn’t like somebody to pray for somebody died.

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        • 23 February 2013 14:35, by James Maker Akok

          For somebody to died

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  • 23 February 2013 11:48, by master

    what a natoin?

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  • 23 February 2013 15:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government is making good initiative to curb involvers smoothly, well done to governor and security agents for their sacrafies against insecurity in the state.

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  • 23 February 2013 16:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Governor, keep it on to organized forces to put their gun the store.

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  • 25 February 2013 07:40, by John Gum

    Manyang Mayom must to stop this ugly writing,since Matur came,there is no fighting occured unless the recent figting of Kook themselves.

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