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Lakes state violence kills 30 people in Rumbek

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January 9, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Inter-clan clashes erupted in Rumbek, the capital of Lakes State on Thursday at remote cattle camps in Manyiel and Jahla resulting into 37 deaths, according to South Sudanese police.

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More than 30 people have been admitted to Rumbek hospital with a gunshot wounds after the attack which is believed to have been a cattle-raiding-related revenge attack carried out by the Kuei against the Rup section of the Dinka ethnic group.

An officer from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police in Lakes state told Sudan Tribune that "37 people are killed from both sides and now 30 people are admitted in Rumbek hospital.”

Police and army forces were jointly sent to intervene, he said. The violence comes after requests by local chiefs and youth for outstanding murder cases to be urgently solved were ignored by the government, the police source said.

"There are youth also who were being provoked by random arrests made by state government in Langcok without charges" placed against those who were captured.

After the cattle camp confrontation has spread fear through out Rumbek Central county. The Lakes state government has not declared a curfew.

Some families have not brought their relatives who have been shot to Rumbek hospital for fear that they will be arrested, a member of the security services told Sudan Tribune. The number of dead will increase, the source said.

Activist and traditional leaders have repeatedly questioned why there has been no election since Lakes state military caretaker Governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol was appointed a year ago.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir sacked Chol Tong Mayay in January 2013. Under the young nation’s transitional constitution if the President removes a governor a by-election should be held within three months.

In the last year three governors have been removed - two sacked and one promoted - but there are no plans for any elections to be held before general elections scheduled for 2015.

Former governor Mayay is one of the politicians arrested last month accused of staging an attempted coup. The government is currently fighting a three- week-old rebellion which began in the capital but has spread to Jonglei and Unity state.

Mayay and the other political detainees deny staging a coup and claim Kiir is using the unrest to silence his critics.

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  • 10 January 04:56, by Grader

    Send them all to Mayendit-as part of million man march this dry season.

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    • 10 January 05:56, by Gat Gan Kiir

      The fighting was nothing to do with cattle raids, it’s between former governor Eng. Chol Tong Mayay and hopeless puppet Machut current illegal governor. Freedom fighter every where

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      • 10 January 06:19, by choldit

        Gat kir, leave them report like that until the come with the truth themselves. The Eng. Chol Tong supporters are the majority in Lake state mostly the youth who are always perceived as trouble maker becoze they ask for their right like the long due election of the governors in lake, unity, n Jonglei states. There is a real war going on in Lake state.

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      • 10 January 08:55, by wen yar

        You maybe right brother these so called Rup blind fool them selves that they are going to capture Rumbek center so that their fool Eng. Chol Tong may come back.
        That is big no for Kuei as Rup are tired of running since they started this fighting.
        Coward majority.

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    • 10 January 08:39, by Amantiel Kem

      Send to Mayendit to fight who? We really don’t have issues with Nuer except when they come to raid our cattle. We don’t need to raid their cattle and we want them to do the same. They are fighting a just war and we don’t need to distract them.

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  • 10 January 06:12, by dinkdong

    I hate these kinds of Dinka in Rumbek. They have a common enemy on their doors and yet they prefer killing themselves.

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    • 10 January 08:46, by Amantiel Kem

      Look at this fool! Who is the common enemy? Nuers are not common enemy as you put it but our fellow South Sudanese. That’s the primitivity u have with our stupid president. The good war btn dictators n democrats has been turned to tribal war shame on u with Kiir

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    • 10 January 10:03, by Hardlinner

      Matur chut should capture those youths and send them to war in jonglei and unity state to quilt baseless nuer rebellion. If they want war, the war is available in jonglei. Atleast they will meet with barbarians white army/ primitve militias in bor.

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  • 10 January 06:15, by Marco Bul

    Look at these pple.Instead of mobilizing themselves like white army against Nuer,they turn to themselves!!! Pathatic!!!

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  • 10 January 06:43, by Gabriel Ajak

    U Rumbek Nuer when are u going to be a real Dinka? u are Dinka by language but naturally Nuer through your characters.
    Please,learn what so call (konkooc) in Dinka language if u are.

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    • 10 January 07:06, by Ankh

      When you arbitrarily arrest people with no charges or legal representation you create resentment. The fact that this is done by an illegal governor installad by an illegal president makes it even worse.

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    • 10 January 07:07, by Machol

      Hi Ajak
      short the fuck up coward dinka bor, you left your state to primitive white Army Nuer and you are now seeking refuge in Lake State yet u wana to run your mouth against Lakers, No body like what these youth are doing, they only need to be educated rather then your empty comments.

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      • 10 January 08:00, by dinkdong

        When will they be educated?

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        • 10 January 08:07, by Peter Mading

          The reporter is wrong somewhere or a member of Rup community or a friend of Rup. There is nothing like cattle raiding between Kuei and Rup. The commenters who said the Rup are fighting Kuei because of Chol Matong Mayai who traded his vast community to Riek Machar might be correct. The fight of this time is connected to Riek Machar rebellion as some members of Rup revealed it.

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          • 10 January 08:14, by dinkdong

            That’s better!

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            • 10 January 08:26, by Deng II

              Lakers people always do opposite even though the whole country in crisis. What is wrong with them?

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              • 10 January 08:54, by dinkdong

                That’s why they will always remain arrogant people.

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      • 10 January 08:11, by Jewish Ally

        LET PEOPLE OF LAKES STATE RESTRAIN TO HOSTILITIES EITHER BEING CATTLE WRESTLING OR SUPPORTERS OF REBELS BECAUSE VIOLENCE WOULD SOLVE ANYTHING. AND THE SAME MESSAGE GOES TO ALL PEACE LOVING CITIZEN OF SOUTH SUDAN TO COME BACK AND EMBRACE PEACE AND DIALOGUE AS A WAY OF SOLVING PROBLEM. LIVE THIS ILLITERATE MACHAR KNOWN MANSLAUGHTER ALONE.

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        • 10 January 08:14, by Jewish Ally

          LET PEOPLE OF LAKES STATE RESTRAIN TO HOSTILITIES EITHER BEING CATTLE WRESTLING OR SUPPORTERS OF REBELS BECAUSE VIOLENCE WOULD NOT SOLVE ANYTHING. AND THE SAME MESSAGE GOES TO ALL PEACE LOVING CITIZEN OF SOUTH SUDAN TO COME BACK AND EMBRACE PEACE AND DIALOGUE AS A WAY OF SOLVING PROBLEM. LIVE THIS ILLITERATE MACHAR KNOWN MANSLAUGHTER ALONE.

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          • 10 January 09:02, by Malakal county Simon

            Leave Lakers alone, they are fighting for democratic, justice and freedom of South Sudan.... Our next target is warrap, WBG, and NBG!!!!! We argued all citizens of Warrap, not to panic because we are only targeting Kiir loyalist forces/dictatorial forces and not civilians.... Thank you!!!!

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  • 10 January 10:02, by Kiir

    Dear sudantribune Reporter,
    Posting a wrong information can make the community to fight again. Am currently in Rumbek and I witnessed that fighting. The fight was not between 2 communities it is Rebel and Government forces.
    PLEASE GIVE GOOD INFORMATION WITH EVIDENT

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  • 10 January 10:20, by Marco Bul

    Let there be rebellion in Lakes State.They are bragging on daily bases that they are warriors.Chol Tong vs Matur Chul.Let there be mess.Horraaaaaay!!!!

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