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Adhere to the constitution, Lake state student tell authorities


March 26, 2013 (RUMBEK) – Students from South Sudan Lakes state, concerned by the increasing level of lawlessness in the region, have asked authorities to adhere to the country’s transitional constitution while governing citizens.

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The group, mainly comprising student leaders studying in Kampala, Uganda made the plea during a gathering held in the state capital, Rumbek Monday.

The meeting, organised by youth entities from Lakes state’s Cueibet, Yirol, Rumbek East, North and Central counties, followed the recent arrests of citizen, mainly young men, by state authorities.

Majority of those interviewed by Sudan Tribune, accused the state government of lacking respect for the youth, a practice they say is likely to undermine the integrity of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM).

The meeting ask state government to handle young men with proper respect and value them as future leaders of South Sudan then being treated with rush hours of martial law that undermine their integrity to South Sudan ruling party (SPLM).

Thon Machar Majak, the Secretary General of the students’ unions in Uganda said they undertook the initiative to demonstrate to government the fundamental roles youth can play in efforts to build the state.

The youth in South Sudan account for nearly 70 percent of the country’s population, according to the 2008 Sudan housing and population census. It defines a youth as anyone aged between18-45.

The meeting, whose agenda focused on conflict resolution, attracted various students from Lakes state, currently studying in Kampala. Also, discussed was the future of these students, many of who reportedly lack funds to complete their studies.

Foreign students currently enrolled in Ugandan universities, usually pay nearly double the fees their Ugandan counterparts give, research carried out by Sudan Tribune, shows.

Meanwhile, Mandela Marial Makuong, the chairperson of Rumbek Youth Union, urged the students and Lakes state community in general, to promote peace and harmony in order to realise good governance.

“Students and entire communities of Lakes state should bind together for peace and prosperity for all,” he said.

Aton Mathiang Majok, his Cueibet Community Association counterpart, appealed to the youth fraternity to fight hunger in the state, through engaging in agriculture and not cattle raiding activities.

Ever since his appointment in January, Lakes state citizens have accused the acting governor, Matur Chut Dhuol, of his military approach to governance. Dhuol became governor after South Sudan president, Salva Kiir issued a decree relieving Chol Tong Mayay, who was elected in 2010.

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  • 27 March 2013 05:35, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Lakes State youth leaders are telling government nonsene
    the mad state should be treated militarily. We the youth are the source of attrocities running around state. My dearest let state be run roughly.

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    • 27 March 2013 06:55, by Mapuor

      Dear Ayuiu Makuec Lam
      You are right.My question is,is siphoning off our resources to East Africa to educate very few students at the expense of millions of students who are without schools constitutional?.Is random killings of innocents on grounds that its revenging constitutional?.Is releasing murderers on bribery constitutional?is looting innocent passengers constitutional? Hahahah haramya

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  • 27 March 2013 06:22, by Majongdit

    Is there Rumbek East, North and Centre and no Yirol West, East and Awerial(Yirol South)? Why should the 3 counties of Rumbek be more pronounced than the 3 counties of Yirol? Look at this: during the referendum Greater Yirol had 130,000 voters out 300,000 total Lakes votes. That leaves 5 counties to thinly share the remaining 170,000. If you take away Cueibet and Wulu, there remain a very smalRumbe

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  • 27 March 2013 08:38, by Gabriel Ajak

    You Lake State student who portaging themselves to be educated people, illiterate Matur Chut is better then you by par.
    Agaar and Nuer literate people are there for doom and the illiterate are there for building up the community.

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  • 27 March 2013 09:15, by Turism

    The young guys or youth are the target to the big people governing us but they have forgotten one thing no one is independent even if they nothing to do young people then there will be time.

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  • 27 March 2013 12:11, by whatsayyou

    You have been in Kampala Ug,how did you know what is happening in the state? You must make the consultation otherwise you will bring Ugandan assumption here to lakes state.

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  • 29 March 2013 00:27, by Samuel Malual

    May God punish the enemies of Lakes State especially some idiots who commented badly against the beloved citizens of Lakes State. We spoon fed you people during liberation and now you jealous people have turn your gloomy eyes on us. Don‘t think that you have hided your identity from God.

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