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Nine people killed during inter-clan clashes in Rumbek North

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March 11, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Nine people are dead and another four suffered gunshot wounds after inter-clan clashes erupted on Friday in Rumbek North’s Maper county in South Sudan’s Lakes state.

Fighting flared at the Yhaga cattle camp between members of the Gaak and Manuer sub-clans reportedly over a dispute about a girl.

Rumbek North MP Marik Nanga Marik confirmed that nine people had died in the clashes, with victims from both clans. The four gunshot victims were admitted to Rumbek hospital for treatment.

Marik described the incident as “regrettable”, saying efforts were being made by traditional leaders to calm tensions in the area.

The MP said the state government had not yet taken any steps to restore order despite being officially being notified of the clashes.

Lakes state authorities have become increasingly isolated since caretaker military governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol took over after his elected predecessor was removed last year.

Traditional chiefs, students and activists have called on president Salva Kiir to remove Dhuol, but public demands have so far been overlooked.

Under South Sudan’s constitution, an election should be held within 90 days, in the event that the president removes a governor from office.

However, in the three states where governors were removed last year this has yet to occur.

Meanwhile, the state’s newly appointed cabinet has sworn in last Tuesday without the presence of senior officials from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), who reportedly boycotted the ceremony. The swearing in ceremony was organised by the general office of the Lakes state government secretariat without notifying the SPLM office in Rumbek despite this being normal procedure.

According to the SPLM’s manifesto, ministerial nominations are supposed to be approved by the ruling party before the governor issues a decree to form a new cabinet.

(ST)

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  • 11 March 07:42, by Sir King

    Matur Chut Dual, stupid like his Awan Chan cattle keeper leader, Kiir Kuethpiny. This we are going to encourage Aweil population against Kiir because they are suffering invain when Fool Awan chan men are the one enjoying. We must be employed equally otherwise change inevitable in South Sudan. Better Nuer, instead of a foolish person like Kiir.

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    • 11 March 08:19, by mayom maboung marek

      To write comments on this forum is useless, all media outlets in South Sudan are desperately in need of writers on all aspects of life in south Sudan.there is no place on the whole universe where educated person who learned ethical values in life writes derogatory messages of insulting people or Leader [s]
      see forum Rules, anyway some are educated but not civilized.

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      • 11 March 11:28, by Diversity

        All South Sudanese will live in peace unless thgewy get rid of the communist SPLM/A

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    • 11 March 15:25, by Tong dut

      The Dogs are killing them selves,that it too good, Go ahead men, so that nuer may clear them soon.

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  • 11 March 14:34, by Andrew Ojok

    Pole gesture try to mix up the massive from national to states level I don’t understand the supporters of Riak stand for spoiled so if I’m a Kiir I would have let the chance to let see for what’s can be happening otherwise declare the war tribes & kick all the freighters away these things getting around & come back around but @ the of the day the will regret the term of creatives doom in the new n

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