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Lakes state teachers strike over pay cut


February 19, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Hundred of teachers in Rumbek, the capital of Lakes state have staged a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday after Governor Matur Chut Dhuol suspended the payment of their allowances without providing a reason.

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Lakes state teachers demonstrate on the streets to demand allowances, February 19, 2014 (ST)

Key ministries, including labour, finance and public services approved the payment of teachers allowances and all workers in states the received their allowance for the first time since end of the oil shutdown caused by a dispute between Juba and Khartoum over transit fees and other issues.

A group of teachers who mobilised themselves across schools operating within Rumbek town described the Lakes state government’s decision to suspend their allowances as a "war within to destabilise education” on by caretaker governor.

"This governor is having more problems with youth and educated people" a protesting teacher told Sudan Tribune.

The governor has been fighting with young people and the educational establishment ever since he was appointed by President Salva Kiir, 13 months ago.

"South Sudan is our government and I wonder why Kiir is not listening to us. Kiir is not seeing our suffering. We receiving only 300 SSP", the protesting teacher said.

Governor Dhuol, on Tuesday sent a message to payment committees to stop payment of teachers allowance. On the same day students warned the Lakes state government that any delay in re-opening schools will cause demonstrations.

On February 3, the Lakes state ministry of education, science and technology sent orders to all schools head teachers to immediately postpone the reopening of schools until further notice. In a letter signed by the Director General in the ministry of education, Ustaz David Deng Agok indicated no reason for the postponement.

"We are not happy with how this governor is acting on state affairs. He is mistreating everyone and assuming that his is the best. Now red line on education is touch by him. We will not allow him like his torture innocent people in his Langcok military secret cell” said a teacher who asked for anonymity.

Since Dhuol’s appointment in January 2013, youth, activists and intellectuals have been at odds with him and called for him to be removed or for elections to be held.

So far President Kiir has overlooked their calls.


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  • 20 February 06:44, by Bolman

    Dear Lake State intellectuals talking without will not give you a solution, if you don’t like just gun him down, no more talks nobody will be listening your legitimate claimed, this time its a time for a gunfire correction not just by begging rights requested no democratic in SS until Kiir’s regimed gets change by us not just Nuer a lone let all of us join them and we will gets our right freely.

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    • 20 February 06:56, by omoni jr.

      The governor has been telling you very clearly that if you do not like his administration,just take the arms and rebel,so dont waste time and energy in demonstration ,otherwise you will be arrested and ship to langcok military prison.

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    • 20 February 07:07, by Sir King

      I think Kiir Mayardit’s government is only the government that accommodate only thugs, thieves and greedy guys. Look here, Nyandeeng, Matur, Stupid Rizig Zacharia, Lobong, Gore and Malong Awan in Warrap, Rumbek,WBEG,E.Equatoria, C. Equatoria and Aweil respectively are all useless. And their master is the most useless person in the world.Riek should not localize this war between Nuer and Dinka onl

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      • 20 February 08:00, by Kiir

        I am wondering Rumbek Teachers strike while they were fully aware that Akiir Museveni has give 75% budget of civil servants to Uganda mercenaries to help him to fight Machar. Don’t strike!!!!

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      • 20 February 16:04, by Bolman

        Sire King Dr Riek doesn’t prevented the others rebellions against bad Governance, for your infor many were with Dr Macharr Dinka of Bhar al ghazal whom were remand unseeing that bad leadership of KIIR, WANI and MAGOK,i know Bhar al Ghazalian they always were the late comers in term of war you can’t fight BHAR AL GHAZAL against others B unless there is enough food for them as GARANG did,

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    • 20 February 13:50, by Hardlinner

      Bolman. We dinka are different from you nuer. Rebellion in lake state is impossible. Our object is alway peaceful solution. Keep your nuer rebellion to yourselves. Matter of fact the head of your nuer rebellion had once ordered nuer to attack lake state. Matur chut can be made to accept teachers demand by suspending teaching of students. He can be made go the same way chol tong went.

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  • 20 February 07:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Teachers and state workers are right to demands their given by national level authority, but, let us not initially blame Mr. Governor before financial security committee formed to investigate the event. If i were state governor i would have not ignore the teachers problems, i can even create what can previllage them to activate their happiness to teach the children without precondition.

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  • 20 February 07:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Omon Jr
    His-Excellency the governor Gen. Matur was not made a remarked on to such a things. What he is telling is very clear, that the way of rebellion is not closed, if you dislike the current adeministration led by His-Excellency the president Salva Kiir Mayardit? Just go and government will follow you, that words, even president and others bodies can says not governor himself!

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  • 20 February 07:49, by BM-21

    Dear,citizens of Lakes States,what do you complain now? the message was clear that,if you don,t like Matur Chut park your things and leave Lakes State,I think you know it very well who said that word in freedom square in Rumbek.
    So please stop striking and let look what Dr.Riak machar did to all dinka not Kiir nor Warrap.

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