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Lakes: One arrested over tribal killings


December 20, 2013 (RUMBEK) – A suspect has been arrested in South Sudan’s Lakes state in connection with the death of three Nuer men living in the region, local authorities said.

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An officer and two of his body guards were reportedly killed in Awerial county on Thursday, while another citizen died in Yirol West county, a day later.

Majak Ruei Angong, the Yirol West commissioner confirmed the incident, but said he had briefed all organized forces in the county to ensure calm was restored.

“I briefed all forces under my command in Yirol West county. The message is clear, no ethic war. We only need peace and to develop South Sudan without tribalism opportunists aiming to take country into ethnic war”, he told Sudan Tribune.

“What happened in Juba is [a] Juba problem. Those in Juba are fighting just with aim for presidency seat. We must not get involved”, stressed the commissioner.

Angong, however, warned those struggling for power not to abuse the country’s transitional constitution, which has clear guidelines.

“They are putting [a] short cut around the constitution so that they can come into power,” he further said, emphasising the role of the country’s organised forces in protecting its citizens.

The commissioner said one Isaac Deng Abui, a bodyguard to Lt. Col. Bol Majak, was responsible for the death of Col. Biang Gath and two of his bodyguards were killed", the commissioner said.

“I have captured killer Isaac Deng Abui who killed the officer with his two bodyguards and I sent him Rumbek prison to face law – this is [a] personal case now”, he added.

Abui reportedly confessed to the killing after learning that his close relative was killed during Sunday’s outbreak of violence in the capital, Juba, in which over 500 people reportedly died.

Meanwhile, the governor of Lakes state has warned residents against any form of aggression towards the Nuer community in the state.

“The law will be imposed on that person and urgent measures will be immediately undertaken,” Matur Chut Dhuol warned at a rally.

The conflict, the governor said, mainly arose from misunderstandings within the party and should not be seen as a tribal warfare.

“We must not kill, we are the government and our mandate is to protect everyone not to be harm”, he stressed.

Marik Nanga Marik, a member of the state legislative assembly said there was need for proper exchange of communication with their counterparts in Unity state to avoid the situation from escalating.

“The country is not belonging to the Dinka or Nuer. It belongs to all tribes of South Sudan”, the lawmaker said.


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  • 21 December 2013 07:00, by Tong dut

    That is the home of kiir, you see.Nuer are on the way to you, even if you kill one man,that is nothing,you will not and never be in power again.
    Kirr must go ether he like ti or not.

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  • 21 December 2013 09:47, by Chol Mading

    Really proud of the commissioner although it was too late for our officer. This is the message we should all be conveying. This is now over but we Dinka should be mindful that Nuer will revenge this one day and it may be disastrous. I know too well that there are Nuer who are doing just that in their county. Our President has failed us in many fronts and this is clearly his fault.

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    • 21 December 2013 10:50, by Bentiu son

      Dinkas had cowardice murdered 4000 Nuer civilians in Juba n are killing Nuer in BEG region.I heard yesterday night they murdered 500 Nuer trainees in Mapel County of W.BEG cowardly. Hw comes u killed your trainees soldiers in their training camp? RIP Col Bang Gai with your bodyguards, we are coming to compensate u soon than later.Under Kiir, RSS won’t come together again loool

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      • 21 December 2013 11:14, by Hardlinner

        Bentiu son. that is what i called nuer mentality. where did you get your information?. I bet you got them from your nasty ass. I urge all dinkas to refrain from attacking nuer that are living in their states. I also thanks the state government on their work to protect nuer civilians in their states. it is something never exist in nuer state of counties.

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  • 21 December 2013 11:15, by Kenyang

    Chol Mading,
    President Kiir has been failing South Sudanese since 2006. Remember these with Sudan: he lost Energy ministry, agree to renegotiate supposed final ABC ruling resulting in loss of large parts of Abyei including Panthou, withdrew SPLM ministers from GoNU then order them back empty handed, failed to achieve Abyei referendum, order SPLA to take n stay in Panthou only to order them out...

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    • 21 December 2013 11:42, by Kenyang

      ...after many get killed and recently stupid Addis Ababa agreements put nearly 7 South Sudan territorities including kafia ngi, large swap of land in Western Bhar al gazal squarely in N. Sudan, 14 miles is now a toss up for grab. All just for oil to follow. Oil negotiation itself was a total disaster as it was done in hurry and so long, shrewd North Sudanese negotiators grab the opportunity...

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      • 21 December 2013 12:12, by Kenyang

        ...currently what was initially supposed to be 99 cents a barrel to be paid to Sudan as a fee according to P. Amum, a leading negotiator then is now about $22. To top it, $3.2 billion must be given to Sudan free in the next few yrs. C in C Kiir doesn’t visit, encourage or worry about army and recent integrated militias are made generals overnight n put in charge with loyalists neglected or retired

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  • 21 December 2013 15:12, by Bentiu son

    BREAKING NEWS DR Machar announces in BBC that his gallant forces within the South Sudan Army SPLA have liberated Unity State which is rich oil fields in RSS while his forces gun downed this morning the Ugandan military aircraft in Bor Town.Meanwhile his gallant forces repelled badly the land forces who were try to recapture Bor Town.Waw! UN State is under besiege badly by Gen Gony keep in tune!

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    • 21 December 2013 15:58, by Ahmed Chol

      Bentiu Son,
      I am proud of Machar if this is true. The dictator must be defeated because he is sowing seeds of dictatorship and he [kiir] must be defeated.

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      • 21 December 2013 16:01, by Ahmed Chol

        If Kiir has thrown away people like Taban Deng Gai and Gier Chuang who used to be his best friends, then there is nobody that he will not through away among the people standing with him today.

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  • 21 December 2013 18:31, by Bona K

    Amhed Chol the agency or traitor, what will you gain from your lost mine preacher?

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