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March 21, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Lakes State Legislative Assembly received a strict letter of instruction from the military caretaker Governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol on Wednesday asking lawmakers not to debate make reductions in the state budget for 2012-2013.

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Governor’s letter to the Lakes State Assembly, 20 March 2013

The letter, which was addressed to the parliament’s speaker John Marik Makur, stated that "whatever reason or reasons that have let the Assembly to make these changes please stop them forthwith and let either the Legislative Assembly budget or the Secretariat General budgets remain as budget remain as budgeted."

He added: “I am writing to you this brief note for it has come to my knowledge that the August House had made some reductions and transfer of some amounts on the 2013 budget. To be specific I am told that the August House has reduced 289,407 SSP from the State House services budget and had added this amount to the State Legislative Assembly budget. I also understand that the Assembly has also deducted 15,000 SSP from the Secretariat General operating budget of 363,387 SSP and spread it as following. (1), 2,000 SSP to Information, (2), 2,000 SSP to Youth and Sport and 11,000 SSP to yourself (LSLA services)."

Shortly after he was appointed in January Dhoul said that he would close the assembly if politicians continued to discuss politics.

Lakes state MP Marial Amuom Malek responded pointing out that the "Assembly is a talking institution, if we are prevented now not to talk politic, what shall we do?"

Malek said that the Assembly members "were elected by our people to talk and work to serve their interest".

The Governor ban on politics being discuss was a "surprise for many of us". The letter, Malek said, was provocative as he was attempting to undermine the state parliament.

He advised the Governor to stop making speeches threatening to close the parliament if political debate continues, describing his behaviour as "unacceptable".

The Governor should respect the state’s laws, he said, rather than "military rush hours laws", referring to the governor’s controversial security policies.

Malek said that lawmakers will make final decision on Monday whether to pass the budget unchanged as requested by the Governor or to "operate without budget".

The 2013 budget is worth only 1.2 million South Sudan Pounds (SSP) per a month.

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  • 22 March 2013 05:06, by George Bol

    Military Matur Dhuol was appointed for reasons in Lake State.

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    • 22 March 2013 06:34, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The governor Matur is correct,the elected MPs are currently working for their benefits than those who brought them in the Parliment,corruption in public fund is the only things these MPs are after and leadership without development.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 22 March 2013 09:29, by Wunditda

      Waw Maj. Gen. Dhuol is already on his greedy corruption scheme. Uneducated dictator is messing up. If an Assembly is not to discuss budget, who will pass it? Matur has forgotten his mission. He has to be told by his close-circles what government is and how he may fit himself in the system otherwise he is not aware of the government system.

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  • 22 March 2013 05:23, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Marial Ater Muom, the SSLA most MPs in the state house are there for their own interest not for citizens.
    Maj. Gen. Matur did not meant to close assembly? but some MPs debate for nonsense.
    Some MPs are releaseing ironically politice.
    Better to be close down they are debating empty vaccum. Thanks you General Matur.

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    • 22 March 2013 09:36, by Wunditda

      Ayuiu, please stop your directionless debate. Move your ass out of here. Your dictator chief is doing nothing but looting. Even weapons registeration that’s taking place today at Rumbek’s Freedom Square is branded for scandalious financial income to Matur’s huge families in Pacong, Kampala Rumbek, and Juba.

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  • 22 March 2013 05:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Marial Ater Muom, the SSLA most MPs in the state house are there for their own interest not for citizens.
    Maj. Gen. Matur did not meant to close assembly? but some MPs debate for nonsense.
    Some MPs are releaseing ironically politice.
    Better to be close down they are debating empty vaccum. Thanks you General Matur.

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  • 22 March 2013 05:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Marial Ater Amuom, SSLA is better to bans from being debats nonsenely, because some MPs among you are not debating rights for their constituencies. They are using ironicaly politice.

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  • 22 March 2013 05:47, by sossa

    Where is Jacob F. Lupai and his equatorian co-nationals? Pleasa come and honor us by crying about this unjustice.

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    • 22 March 2013 07:03, by Wen Majokweng

      No boday above the laws,meanwhile when u re told to do something to people is b,se people love you to do better things them.

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      • 22 March 2013 07:09, by Kurnyel

        Suicide in Rumbek, the so call military governor is worse than snake venom. He is worse than Idi Amin of Uganda and of course they look alike. Who gave him such authority that undermines elected members of people of Lakes State? I hope the problems that brought him to power is not in Parliament or in Rumbek town, it is in cattle-camps where he Matur el Chut came from. I am arguing Lakes State mem

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        • 22 March 2013 09:06, by Morthon Akol

          My dear if you want to know who give caretaker Governor the powers to undermines the elected MPS. i can tell you is the one who remove the elected governor. did you understand that?

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    • 22 March 2013 07:08, by Kurnyel

      Suicide in Rumbek, the so call military governor is worse than snake venom. He is worse than Idi Amin of Uganda and of course they look alike. Who gave him such authority that undermines elected members of people of Lakes State? I hope the problems that brought him to power is not in Parliament or in Rumbek town, it is in cattle-camps where he Matur el Chut came from. I am arguing Lakes State mem

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  • 22 March 2013 07:25, by Turism

    Waaw! is this still thinking that he is a militarily cammader in barack or what else is doing? the whole Lakes states is going on mess since the head of state is forcing some laws on people.

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  • 22 March 2013 07:26, by Samuel Malual

    Hahahaha the uneducated governor of Lakes State general matur is lacking of political plans. He doesn‘t know what budget means.

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  • 22 March 2013 09:22, by Wen Majokweng

    Lake state governor is fullfil laws and orders using milatry but not state orders.

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  • 22 March 2013 09:31, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Lake states MPS are doing nothing, only to sent their kids to East Africa and build large houses, what did they achieved since 2010 up to date? Many of them will be vote out like those former MPS of Awet Akot term.to hell ,this is Alfredo christiani freedom fighter of the SPLA/M

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    • 22 March 2013 10:38, by Peter Mading

      Accounts in Lakes State are in danger. Gen. Matur please check all the Departmental Accounts.Do not fight over the budget.

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  • 22 March 2013 11:22, by New Government

    MP to debate politics what kind of parliament.
    they should debate on laws and order but not reduction of budget.last year MP are almost to exchange hand over specialize committee chairperson, which means they are struggling to got specialize committee chairperson to make up their stomach.
    Deal with them mr Governor.

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    • 22 March 2013 12:09, by Wunditda

      Mr. Government,
      These MPs are not doing well in some instances. Mps debate on Bills proposed by the Executive so that they pass them into Acts. The Cabinet ministers are also sleeping.

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    • 29 March 2013 06:02, by 1-1

      Dear learner unless you don,t know the roles of members of parliament that,s why you rule them out of politics, there is no any country that Hon. members are out politics, so if you have no more ideas about PARLIAMENT u better wait your own time to be elected to be PM of which doubt for you to succeed because if you don,t drop this stupid ideology of always assuming that you from Rumbek.no succes

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  • 22 March 2013 12:50, by Gabriel Ajak

    Bro Kurnyel, not only Lake State or Gen. Matur Chut who behave like former Uganda president Idda Amin, even our newly nation SS need a president like Idda Amin so that the stubble people should live in fear.

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  • 22 March 2013 15:42, by Mapuor

    Caretaker Governor is 100% right.Why cut big chunks out of state house budget and add it to the one of the assembly and not to education and health.You guys who are in the assembly, you are indeed thieves.What have you achieved for the last three years besides looting public money.General Chut go ahead.

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