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15 dead in Cueibet as cycle of violence continues in Lakes state

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March 21, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Clashes between Panyar and Waat sections of the Dinka Gok ethnic group in South Sudan’s Lakes state resumed on Wednesday in Cueibet county leaving more than 15 people dead and 34 with gunshot wounds, according to local police.

A police officer who did not wish to be named told Sudan Tribune that the fighting between armed youth had killed 10 people and injured 23 from Panyar and 5 people and 11 injured from the Waat community.

Inter-clan clashes have intensified in Lakes state over the past week, with 34 people reportedly killed and more than 20 people injured after violence broke out at a remote cattle camp at Wunthou in Tiaptiap payam [district] about 80km from Cueibet.

Sticks and firearms were used during the Waat-Panyar clashes. A dispute over a girl has been blamed for triggering the incident.

Cueibet MP Veronica Ujuma Philip Dak has said state authorities have failed to step in to quell worsening tribal tensions.

Separate clashes have also occurred in Agany village in Yirol West county, 75 miles from Rumbek Central county, with Rumbek East county youth accused of launching several attacks capturing the payam headquarters of Yirol West and killing more than ten people.

Last week, the acting secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM - Anne Itto made a surprise visit to the Lakes state capital, Rumbek.

As part of her visit, Itto held meetings with the caretaker governor Maj. Gen Matur Chut Dhuol and SPLM state secretary Mabor Ater Dhuol.

Lakes state authorities have become increasingly isolated since governor Dhuol took over after his elected predecessor was removed over a year ago.

Traditional chiefs, students and activists have called on President Salva Kiir to remove Dhuol, but the 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 happen and looks unlikely to before the scheduled general elections in 2015.

South Sudanese presidential adviser and former governor of Lakes state , Telar Ring Deng, told Sudan Tribune by email on that: "The problem between Apaak of Yirol West Country dates back to the time we were in the Liberation Struggle" before South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 as part of a 2005 peace agreement.

"The list of incidents prior to the recent one is long" he said, adding that there is a "culture of impunity among our youth".

Some young people in Lakes state are angry that Deng, who is from Lakes state, is allegedly supporting the governor.

(ST)

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  • 22 March 2014 05:09, by chol

    Those people are not real Dinka,but Nuers who claims to be Dinka .MP is call Dak.Don’t blame government for all your own personal problems.

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  • 22 March 2014 05:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Look, Look these MPs, they talk like children, deef and blind people, how come to blame governor while the MPs are even parts of government, why don’t they intervence?
    These MPs are the most parts of destruction of this state and fallen of the state should their accountible.

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    • 22 March 2014 06:07, by Akook

      It’s slowly emerging the fact behind these lack of solutions to Lakes state issues by creating it & backing the current military mindset that bereft this state, Mr Telar Ring Deng once the star of this state, turned the secret destructive hand behind military rule & crisis in this state!

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    • 22 March 2014 06:33, by Majongdit

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam,
      Much as I agree with you that it is hard to blame the gov’t in this, I also want you to open your blind eyes to see the huge intervention done by the MPs. Cueibet MPs including Speaker have been engaged in peace talks since the beginning. Rumbek North MPs have been repeatedly going to talk to their people. A group of neutral MPs remained engaged in solving Rumbek Centre conflict.

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      • 22 March 2014 06:42, by Majongdit

        Ayuiu Makuac,
        We know that you are making a living out of MPs. You post your nonsense in your poor broken English so as to appear that you are doing your job. Can you not devise any other better means of begging from the Governor, than using the names of MPs?
        You have tarnished your name. Sometimes when I look at you I just think you should be in a zoo.

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        • 22 March 2014 07:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          Majuongdit
          citrict talks, like mulfunction machine.

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          • 22 March 2014 19:36, by Majongdit

            ayuiu Makuac,
            Are you talking in English? I can’t even understand what you are talking about? Please rephrase that sentence again so that I respond to you well.
            Oh boy, don’t post anything under the influence of anything(drugs in the 1st place)...Sometimes you make me sleep well when I laugh at your stupidity.
            Go tomorrow for your pay! You have done your job doing nothing.

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  • 22 March 2014 06:51, by Majongdit

    Ayuiu Makuac Lam,
    You need to note please that Government is not Governor. Don’t just jump up in the air fighting when you hear anyone complaining about the Government. In that you are not helping the Governor. You are spoiling him. You should not generalize MPs in your abuses. The opinion of Hon. Umjumaa Philip cannot be used to torment all the MPs. You also must consider weighing up anything yo

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  • 22 March 2014 06:59, by Majongdit

    Agany was never captured. The youths divided themselves into two. Some went to Pandit and they were beaten back immediately. The other group went to Agany but they were repulsed. Youths from several payams gang up to fight one payam. Something must be done about these conflicts started up by cattle theft. It is bad that our people go facing themselves when they are targeted by Nuer rebellion.

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