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Death toll rises in Rumbek clashes between pastoralists

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May 26, 2014 (RUMBEK) – A police source in Lakes state said on Monday that clashes between the rival counties of Rumbek North (Maper) and Cueibet have killed 156 people between 21 and 23 May due to cattle raiding and revenge attacks.

The officer from Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said that there have been heavy losses of life in Cueibet county, especially in the Waat and Panyar sections. Many people are still missing having fled into the bush to escape the violence.

“So far, only Panyar section has 124 people dead and Waat section has 30 people dead which brought total to 154 people confirmed killed” in the three days of fighting, he said.

The officer, who requested anonymity, stated that apart from six civilians who were killed on Wednesday 21 in the remote village of Pagor, there is little information about the identities of the people who are reported to have been killed.

Cueibet county commissioner, Isaac Mayom Malek, said: “Upon their return with cows the Cueibet youths had raided, they immediately fell in an ambush and they were scatted into small numbers. We don’t know who is dead or who is alive”.

Police insist that young people and the wider public are refusing to share information with them, blaming the poor relationship between the administration and the people of Lakes state.

Moses Ater, an activist in Lakes state asked that the military caretaker Governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol to stand down, accusing Dhuol to have failed to quell the insecurity.

Governor Dhoul was installed in January 2012 after his predecessor was sacked for failing to maintain security.

Lakes state has been blighted by cattle raiding since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011 and continues to be locked in a cycle of inter-clan revenge clashes.

Youth activists and traditional authorities have repeatedly called for the removal of governor Dhuol amid claims he has failed to stem the violence. President Salva Kiir Mayardit has so far overlooked the calls.

Lakes state’s Dinka youth have refused to join military forces recruited to fight against the rebels led by former vice president Riek Machar who are mainly from the Nuer ethnic group, leading to increased tensions with the state and central government in Juba.

Fighting between the government and rebels has killed thousands and displaced over a million people.

In April, a group of activist and civil society groups in the Lakes state capital, Rumbek, put more pressure on the caretaker governor Dhuol, calling on him to resign over the way he has run the state since he was appointed in January 2012.

In a separate incident on Sunday, a wild officer in Rumbek Central county, Mayen Muorwel Abergut, was ambushed and gunned down between in Pacong payam (district) of Rumbek East county by a group of unknown gunmen on his way to his home village.

An eye witness told Sudan Tribune that “Mayen was killed by a group of four people while on motorcycle." He added that "the group opened fire on Mayen and walked around him to confirm he is dead", adding that they "left him dead" and "ran away towards [the] cattle camp”.

The assassination ambush took placed only two kilometres away from the house of governor Dhuol.

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  • 27 May 2014 06:31, by Bentiu son

    RIP ya156 Lake State Citizens who met their untimely death on hands of killer Salva Kiir and his appointee dictator Matur Chut Dhuol.Salva Kiir had got bad intention towards Lake State citizens due to his illusion believes of sided with Dr Mabior during his rebellion against SPLM/A in Yei 2004.Dinka Malual,Agaar,Luach,Aliap and Atuot should united against Dinka Warap of Salva Kiir immediately.

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    • 27 May 2014 06:40, by Bentiu son

      This because those Dinka Warap had got bloodily hands on wanton killings of sub-clan conflicts within Lake State.Why Not removing unwanted illegal Care Taker Governor Matur Chut Dhuol,if Salva Kiir and his stooge cabinet are concerning about lives of our innocent citizens who are killings themselves.Waw! What a selfishness and madness for genocidal regime? Plz let us united and topple it otherwise

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    • 27 May 2014 07:30, by Malou Manyiel

      Agaar ku Gok (Cueibet and greater Rumbek counties), wok abine ko thok. Akec kang yok ke thon ran buot ci kene ku cin ran ethiec lokodi? Kaackua, engu peelko rot ror bi koc rot anok ci thok? Bai acie lo tueng ne nak koc, epan a koc rot dhur, ku nhiar koc rot ku mit koc puoth ku yie ngek ting ke cit menhe ene pan elo tueng. Kac kua, metko wo yic ku pel ko ekan.

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    • 27 May 2014 07:41, by Tong dut

      What is wrong with Dinks?
      Let them eat all the dead bodies they killed them.
      Killing people for his properties, it is not normal.The is why
      the dead dinka is the best.
      Nuer are better than Dinka since they are not killing then selves.
      I am sure dinks will not stop killing till they will go to hell all.All their cattle must be kill all so that killing may stop in lake state.Death to those who kill.

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  • 27 May 2014 07:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Security committee should be form to investigate the toll of 154 people. The QUESTION is: where was commissioner, when these youth plan to launch an offensive attack against Pakam youth?

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    • 27 May 2014 10:44, by Bungachier 50

      Dear All,
      To me, I can not blame either the Governor, Commissioner(s) or Any body else in the Authority, but the diseased themselves (154). Why do people want to live on "STEALING" which is a taboo in the Dinka culture. No one in the authority who is sending these people to go and steal. Please, blame no one.

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