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Lakes state orders mass arrest of youth suspected of violence in Rumbek East


February 26, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Lakes state’s military caretaker governor, Major-General Matur Chut Dhuol, has ordered the immediate arrest of all young men suspected of taking part in recent violence between pastoralist groups in Rumbek East county.

Lakes state's caretaker military governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol holds up his walking stick (ST)
Lakes state’s caretaker military governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol holds up his walking stick, Feb 18, 2013 (ST)

Fighting between the Kok and Agar sections of the Dinka ethnic group on Tuesday last week, killed six people and wounded four others. On Tuesday, Chut ordered Rumbek East county commissioner David Marial Gumke and the local chief of the Dinka Kok to apprehend suspected culprits.

Rumbek East county is located about 24 kilometres east of Rumbek town, the capital of Lakes state.

Chut directed Gumke to use all options available to him to bring the suspected ringleaders to justice. The governor also instructed local chiefs to collaborate with the commissioner in arresting the suspects, warning that any chief that failed to do so would be relieved from his post.

Chut said he wanted “50 youth from both sides of [the] clashes [...] who had participated in clashes [...] so [an] investigation will dig out who is that cause.”

Four people have so far been arrested, he said, adding that “those who got involved should [be] arrested and their gun should be taken away because we have already started registering guns.”

According to security sources, more than 100 young men are already being held at a military prison in Langcok, located in the northern part of Rumbek.

Chut was appointed in January by a presidential decree that removed the former elected governor, Chol Tong Mayay. Although no official reason has been made public it is assumed that the reshuffle was due to Mayay’s failure to maintain security following an outbreak of inter-tribal violence.

Chut has taken a hardline stance on security since his appointment, warning those arrested who have been accused of cattle raiding and inter-clan violence risk being held at secret prisons without access to their families, human rights officials or their own lawyer. In comments shortly after coming to office, Chut said that suspects would only be permitted to see a state-appointed attorney.

Such comments have raised fears among some local people who are concerned about authoritarian rule under Chut.


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  • 28 February 2013 01:16, by zulu


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    • 28 February 2013 02:02, by omoni jr.

      This is totally malediction of this community as whole,and it is becomes the malignancy of this state in which there is no cure at all. The removal of elected governor was the biggest and weakest mistate ever done by president salva Kiir,despite himself was not elected but installed by SPLM gangs during Garang disappearanced in Didinga mountains.
      There was no any justification or reason why

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      • 28 February 2013 02:11, by omoni jr.

        ...president fired elected governor chol Tong Mayay,No reasons at all, EN Chol Tong is one of educated guys in south sudan, and if Not is only highly educated governor among the Ten states...So the question is which state is most troubled with lost of lives every day and then? The answer is Jonglei Jungle state,[ J.J.S]. Why the so called the president not remove kuol Manyang JUUK?

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        • 28 February 2013 02:23, by omoni jr.

          And kuol Manyang is/was the one armed Murle from the heads to the toes by giving them AK47 rifles in order to tackled and bring David Yau yau either alive or dead.But unfortunately it backfired and hit Mr Manyang face directly. Kuol manyang deserve removal and south sudan police forces can also filed some charges against Kuol for misusing fire-arms in the country.

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          • 28 February 2013 02:35, by omoni jr.

            The reasons why salva rushed and fired ENG Chol Mayay without giving warnings::::
            1- Eng Chol is not a military man.
            2- He know nothing about SPLM/A.
            3-He know nothing about bush,therefore, he will never think about rebellions.
            4-Salva kiir thought that Eng CHOL does not cooperate with SPLA army in the state.
            5-Eng chol is more educated,therefore he will never use force to contained the war.

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            • 28 February 2013 02:56, by omoni jr.

              The president of Republic abruptly appointed military Ruler whose words and messages are resembled that of Gen: Hitler of germany. The Gen Matur chut Dhuol is of the 30 generals that were relieved from ative duty to reserve by the president about a month ago. Despite the General’s tough messages and warnings, Lake state residents are still butchering themselves as usual,and is became worst than

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              • 28 February 2013 03:10, by omoni jr.

                ...con Eng Chol Mayay administration.
                One thing i was admired from this dictator is when he said he will build Guantanamo prison in Lake state which will be NO Human Rights Access to it,No relatives or friends will be allow to visit criminals, only criminals and their devils will be their partners in the cells. The interesting thing was, the military rule threatened to shut down the parliament

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                • 28 February 2013 03:23, by omoni jr.

                  ...con if politicians are inciting or debating anything that related to violence in lake state. The military was actually drunk when he uttered such words,according to my conclusion the military ruler did said that" i got it". This refered to his governorship position which he had No dream at all,beside he has No knowledge to rule modern human being, but happened in cows dominated land.

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                  • 28 February 2013 16:15, by Bungachier 50

                    Dear JR.
                    Education is one thing and performance is another. There are human beings around the World who have the Degrees that they can not put into practice.
                    You have to also acknowledge that fact that "LEADERS COME AND LEADERS GO" sacking a leader, is one of the ways of making a leader leave an office. It may pain you, but this are realities of life my brother. In 2015, when vote wisely.

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                • 28 February 2013 06:37, by Big Boy

                  Dear Jr
                  Why are you so worried about Eng.being sucked.are you survivor under him? do you wanted to tell us that Eng. Cho he’s the only one who’s educated in Lakes, they are many well educated guys here in Lakes, but they don’t staying here, just they are living somwhere else in South Sudan because of your daily trouble clashes clan in Rumbek.Otherwise stay safe wherever you are?

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                  • 28 February 2013 07:22, by Turism

                    Bigboy, that is not the case but the former governor was really educated not to sack like that, he know what is lacking and is going to adreess the issue.

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              • 28 February 2013 06:16, by Kideopo Boy

                Omoni South Sudan as a new nation need a leader that did not differentiate whether you are his mother, father, uncle or sister etc if it comes to mistake correction must be delt according to the rule of law. I wish SPLM brings back the former Jungle law. That’s if you killed a comrade you have to face the same fade this will clean our young nation from all these mess. BRAVO H.E Governor Chut.

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    • 28 February 2013 07:28, by Kenyang

      Totally agree, "Fight fire with fire." Some youth across South Sudan are turning once existing peaceful communities into rivals. They must be stopped and immediately.

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    • 28 February 2013 08:48, by Tong dut

      Lakes state governor needs more killing, just from today, we are going to hear that Lakes state is under fire from the
      community and the SPLA.

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  • 28 February 2013 03:35, by kamal

    I agree with gvt of lake decision to arrest the ring leaders

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  • 28 February 2013 04:51, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Good Job Matur Chut. We are sick of alway killing among ourselves. It should continue searching those youth. and Put them in SPLA training funishment into front for 5 in BlueNile and Nuba mountain. If the escape they have rules out their death. Those survive after that can be pardon after that. South is becaome outlaw and Nice job Bravo comrade Matur Chut

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    • 28 February 2013 05:49, by Dukdal

      Matur’s son in-law brother is not apprehended and he is alleged to have killed 2 people. I doubt someone who doesn’t have analytical skills will handle this State.

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  • 28 February 2013 05:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    General Matur is doing tangable task, the situation of Lakes state for citizens, they just adopt on flashpoint examination on the crime. General Matur, hold it up stickly and many thanks.

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  • 28 February 2013 06:01, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Mr caretaker governor of lake state
    Congratulations, Matur, for well done job, let security forces continue to apprehend all the suspected culprits who created ethnic conflicts in eight (8) counties of lake state plus cattle’s raiders at the border of unity and warrap states. You have achieved task assigned to you by the president, please keep it up And God will help you

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  • 28 February 2013 06:34, by kaci-banno

    Job well done caretaker governor, they listen when some of them taken to grave. authoritarian system works with trouble states like Jungelie and Lake state.

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    • 28 February 2013 07:13, by Peter Mading

      I believe that is traditional leadership taking place in Lakes. How will the Governor feed such huge number of remands? Limit the size and arrest only key influencers. Mr. Governor, take care you will slip asap and your skull is not going to be safe.

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      • 28 February 2013 07:30, by Nuer Empire

        Matur Chut:You take all guns away from their hands otherwise violence won’t stop them to attack other communities like Nuer.
        The Nuer Empire

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  • 28 February 2013 07:19, by Bol Pur

    This is great work and I hope that state will come back to normal. I know the one who wrote this article failed to understand that Kok are the section of the same Agar, that mean Kok are Agar. It is not Kok fighting with Agar that is wrong. The entire Rumbek East is only Agar in their different sections. It was kok fighting itself. Please verify story before writing.

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    • 28 February 2013 07:32, by omoni jr.

      Bol Pur,
      Please do not confuse the public ,we all know that there should be no enemy in south sudan. No one want to hear Kok or Aggar. we need to hear the word "south Sudanese" tell your animals’keepers to repeat the word south sudanese in their dialect.

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    • 28 February 2013 09:06, by Tong dut

      You are not from lakes state,why do you support that new governor, wait and see how many SPLA will be kill within 14days.
      Rumbek is the fighting ground now.

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  • 28 February 2013 07:19, by Turism

    It a good move if this guy is really found guilty durring tribal conflict which took place recently but my worried is that this youth might have accuse without proper analsy.

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  • 28 February 2013 07:25, by New Government

    Mr Governor.
    let the dog bark and camel continue going, i know it is very painful for the office manger of Chol Tong and rest to oppose the sysrem because they are no longer getting salary keep on complaining deal with them mr Governor.

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  • 28 February 2013 07:50, by New Government

    To Omoni jr.
    your father wasted his money taking you to school for nothing,if you are mental confuse stop commenting on any article.how do love people to die on daily if you are not stupid enough.

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    • 28 February 2013 08:31, by omoni jr.

      New Government ,
      please you need to criticize me like educated young man,you called me stupid,man i forgive you jackass because you do not know what you said...

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  • 28 February 2013 07:54, by bolingo

    Matur is really trying to control but the problem is the people them selves who don’t understand and don’t value their lives but they value cattle more than any thing else in this planet.
    And also part of the blame goes to our national government for their weak policies on disarming civilians.

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  • 28 February 2013 08:53, by Apeny

    Mr. General, we support your effort to tame those wrong elements in Lakes state. Those crying foul are the ones who have been sucking the blood of our people. They must choose to comply or leave the state, period!

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    • 28 February 2013 09:14, by Tong dut

      Who will take their guns? That governor?
      Wait brothers, the same thing at jonglei will be soon at lakes.No need brothers, we dont wants blood out.

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  • 28 February 2013 10:29, by James Maker Akok

    South Sudan,
    I supporting what Matur Chut Dhuol and I wish every Southern Sudanese has what I have to put every Criminal in the place he/she will never enjoy his/her life when he/she did criminal things until he/she changed.

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  • 28 February 2013 10:32, by James Maker Akok

    I mean, I supporting what Matur Chut Dhuol doing ......

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  • 28 February 2013 12:00, by Makunon

    This is type of ruling in 412 BC. this is a modern era and a leader must show sense of good governance, humanity and respect for human rights, even if criminals committed any crimes.

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  • 28 February 2013 12:30, by New Government

    You guys i don’t understand the way you take human right, you mean those who were killed does deserve human right and those youth were the one fueling the tribal fighting in the state they must be arrest such that they will advice one another when they come from langchok.

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  • 28 February 2013 12:38, by New Government

    You guys i don’t understand the way you take human right, you mean those who were killed doesn’t deserve human right and those youth were the one fueling the tribal fighting in the state they must be arrest such that they will advice one another when they come from langchok.

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  • 28 February 2013 12:50, by Apeny

    ’This is type of ruling in 412 BC. this is a modern era and a leader must show sense of good governance, humanity and respect for human rights, even if criminals committed any crimes’ Makunon said.
    Haha Mr. Makunon, your argument is very shallow if not you r behind history. Based on your understanding, does modernity entail killing of someone on free will and without accountability?

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    • 28 February 2013 13:56, by EES Kingmaker

      Governor Chut is on the right track. The Lakes State people are so choatic that no any amount of diplomacy befits them. The arrest shouldn’t be limited to youth. There must be insigators. Let’s there be no sacred cows left, even unruly MPs, Ministers, etc must face full force of law if their hands are soiled in a feud. This is how peace and order be restored to that insecurity-beleaguered state.

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