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Lakes state youth deny joining rebellion in support of former governor

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May 14, 2014 (RUMBEK) – The leader of Lakes state’s youth association, Thon Makoi Chawul, has denied allegations that its members had opted to join in a rebellion in support of former elected governor Chol Tong Mayay, who was removed by presidential decree in January 2013.

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Lakes state youth have denied joining a rebellion in support of former governor Chol Tong Mayay, who was removed in January 2013 (ST)

Youth activists, traditional authorities and civil society have repeatedly called on president Salva Kiir to remove military caretaker governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol, who was appointed after Mayay was stood down, amid growing unease over his harsh security measures.

A press statement from the youth association obtained by Sudan Tribune counters comments by the deputy minister of information, Rachael Nyadak Paul, who was quoted as saying that “the tribal conflicts in Lakes state have now turned out to be [a] rebellion by elements loyal to former governor Chol Tong Mayay”.

However, Chawul has called on the deputy minister to withdraw the statements, saying the wider Lakes state community had been dismayed by the claims, which were made following an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers convened to deliberate on current security issues in the country.

“This is not true and must be withdrawn as it is defamatory and damaging [to] the integrity and undisputable loyalty of this state to the cause of the government and the people of South Sudan,” said Chawul.

Despite being unhappy with Dhuol’s leadership style, he maintains that youth in the state have no intention of becoming involved in any rebellion.

“The leadership of the association is neither defending Chol Tong [Mayay] nor his supporters, but would like to make it clear that the prevailing waves of conflict in our state have nothing to do with any kind of rebellion,” he said. “They are merely tribal feuds deeply rooted in local animosities ... which have dogged the communities long before the inception of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan in 2005; before any state governor, current or former,” the statement adds.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify the presence of an active rebellion in the state and it is not known whether any government installations have been attacked.

Lakes state has become hub for cattle raiding and continues to be locked in a cycle of inter-clan revenge clashes.

Dhuol has been accused of ruling with an “iron fist”, but Kiir has so far overlooked calls for him to be removed.

Lakes state youth have also refused to join a military force recruited to fight against the Nuer ethnic group, leading to increased tensions with the state and central government in Juba.

Political divisions in South Sudan’s ruling SPLM party triggered a brutal conflict five months ago, pitting government loyalists against rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.

The armed opposition group consists largely of defected soldiers and ethnic militias from the Nuer tribe, to which Machar belongs.

(ST)

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  • 15 May 07:57, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Lake state issues are beyond authorities, the civilians are far more dangerous than organized forces. so what do you want the government to do? sadly, nobody care any more about your problems. find your own solutions through your chiefs.

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  • 15 May 08:22, by Malou Manyiel

    Rachael Nyadak Paul should not only withdraw her statement but must apologize to all youth in Lakes State. We the youth of this State, together with our leader Thon Makoi should take this matter seriously. We cannot just be framed like that and let it go unpunished. Thanks to Thon Makoi for bringing this matter to the media. Whatever evidence that Nyadak has about her claimed, she must produce it.

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  • 15 May 08:28, by Emporio

    I don’t know when people of lake state will wake up during the struggle the later dr garang use them to make himself a base in bahr al-gazal now cowboy repeated the same system but is worse enough to damage whole state the primitive and illiterate gavoner in history of south

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  • 15 May 10:28, by Majongdit

    Congrats to youths leaders in Lakes State for such a beautiful clarification. Tribal clashes in Lakes State have been there before the CPA and before Chol Tong. The youths fought during the reign of Chol to an extent that the fight reached the suburb of Rumbek town. Chol could do nothing about it at all until his removal. The madness of youths of Lakes State is a different thing altogether.

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    • 15 May 11:27, by TUR-ANGON

      Thanks to the youth leader for the straight forward explanation of these feuds in lake state, we the outside brothers always have been saddened and worried about the nature of these feuds but we have never thought for any second that you will be on the wrong side. That is the level of trust bestowed in you by your brothers. try to find a way forward because we are always hurt when you fight

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  • 15 May 13:38, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Every tree has it own roots; South Sudan conflict have its own root, rooted by some of the elements that were just working within their own self interest in order to spoil the names of the community. Lake states has never change its rear
    since Anya I; coming to Anya II with acceptation of inter-clan revenge, we are very proud to have hosted our movement to the current time and we should NOT be...

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  • 15 May 14:28, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    be use as a tool to fight senseless wars nor should any body put a word into our mouth, we are well known as the people even in time of difficulties we still stood with the movement no matter who is the what in the zoo? South Sudan will not be Sudan we need without other mulitribal ethnicities minority or ethnic majority, to finalist my comment all trees bear their own fruits irrespective of their

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  • 15 May 15:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nyandak Paul, is right, Lakes state youths are rebelled against their lives. But former governor Chol Tong Mayay, is not rebelled, he Riek Machar groups because of political interest. Not meaning, he is against government nor his people. But i support Racial Nyandak Paul statement.

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