Home | News    Thursday 24 April 2014

Lawmakers make little headway in reconciling Lakes state’s rival clans

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 23, 2014 (RUMBEK) – A team of Lakes state lawmakers touring eight counties in the capital, Rumbek, say that peace and reconciliation efforts remain challenging, with pastoralist youths in the area showing little interest in the initiative.

JPEG - 19.2 kb
MP Daniel Dhieu Matuet heads a delegation of lawmakers currently touring eight counties in Lakes state as part of peace and reconciliation efforts aimed at stemming inter-clan violence (ST)

Lakes state has been the scene of violent inter-clan clashes and a cycle of revenge killings in recent months.

Activists have accused the state’s military caretaker governor, Matur Chut Dhuol, appointed after president Salva Kiir Mayardit removed his elected predecessor, Chol Tong Mayay, of implementing harsh security measures.

There are growing calls for Dhuol’s resignation, amid concerns the Lakes state government is becoming increasingly isolated.

Chut was among 35 top military officers who were removed from active military service and put on a reserve list for reassignment in a separate presidential decree on 21 January 2013.

His appointment received mixed reactions in Lakes state, with critics fearing the new governor would rule with “an iron fist”.

A group of joint lawmakers from the national parliament in Juba and Lakes state assembly are currently touring different counties preaching a message of peace and reconciliation to rival clans involved in the spate of violence.

The tour covers Cueibet, Wulu, Rumbek Central, Rumbek North and Rumbek East counties, but lawmakers say pastoralist youths are largely boycotting sessions, challenging authorities to bring those responsible for killings to justice.

However, MP Daniel Dhieu Matuet, who heads the delegation of lawmakers, said that peace and reconciliation efforts remain ongoing, with the committee also expected to visit greater Yirol counties.

Matuet did not elaborate further on whether reconciliation efforts have made progress in Rumbek counties visited so far.

“We are moving to greater Yirol counties like Awerial, Yirol West and Yirol East to tell pastoralist youths to stop [this] cycle of revenge and to allow justice,” he said.

“Already all murder cases are going to court,” he added, without indicating how many murders cases were currently being heard in court.

Frustration is growing among Lakes state’s youth, intellectuals and traditional authorities, with the president so far resisting calls for Dhuol’s removal.

Daniel Juol Nhomguek, a law student at the Makerere University, personally wrote to Kiir asking for Dhuol’s removal, describing him as an “imposed caretaker governor”.

On Wednesday, Kiir issued a presidential decree appointing Northern Bahr el Ghazal state governor General Paul Malong Awan as the South Sudanese army’s (SPLA) chief-of-staff, replacing General James Hot Mei.

General Marial Nuor Jok was also appointed head of military intelligent, replacing Mac Paul.

A group of students destroyed a television set after Kiir’s decree ended without an announcement on Dhuol’s removal.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Musa Hilal’s "Awakening": Khartoum’s worst nightmare? 2015-04-22 06:33:05 By the Sudan Democracy First Musa Hilal, once one of the principal commanders of the Janjaweed militias which supported the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in the 2003/04 ethnic cleansing campaign in (...)

A brief history one man’s destructive misrepresentations 2015-04-18 08:07:54 By Eric Reeves Al Jazeera America is currently airing a two-part documentary that attempts to represent the character and causes of the catastrophe that has overtaken South Sudan following the (...)

Sudan’s election marred by arbitrary detention, and insecurity 2015-04-18 06:31:10 By African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A huge step in democratic consolidation 2015-04-22 13:12:25 EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN 3 CLEVELAND ROW, ST.JAMES'S LONDON SW1A 1DD TEL: 020-7839 8080 PRESS AND INFORMATION RELEASE (2/2015) Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A Huge Step in Democratic (...)

Sudanese security arrest rights defender Adil Bakheit 2015-04-18 08:04:21 FRONT-LINE DEFENDRSPress StatementSudan Human rights defender Adil Bakheit arrested Human rights defender Mr Adil Bakheit was arrested on 16 April 2015 by the National Intelligence and Security (...)

Which do you choose? Peace or War? 2015-04-18 06:16:42 To the South Sudanese Diaspora Which do you choose? Peace or War? Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, April 11, 2015 “The Voice of the South Sudanese Diaspora” Who are/What is the South (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.