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Lakes state governor to use force to recruit youth to join army

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June 5, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Lakes state’s military caretaker governor, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol, has ordered eight county commissioners to forcefully recruit youth to join South Sudan’s national army (SPLA).

In his statement to chiefs and commissioners, Dhuol said that all youth must join the army to defend state interests.

He has directed commissioners to recruit 800 youth from each county and to use force if necessary against those who resist.

Rumbek Central county commissioner Mawat Manuer has instructed county chiefs and youth leaders to mobilise young men for recruitment.

Manuer has reportedly threatened to dismiss chiefs who fail to recruit youth to fight rebel forces in South Sudan.

“Those chiefs who will fail to bring me their youth to join the army will be sacked – you are mandated by [the] governor order to recruit youth,” he said.

“Anyone who will not apply this order will lose his position before I lose my position,” he added.

Seven counties, including Wulu, Rumbek East, Yirol West, Yirol East, Cueibet and Awerial, have distanced themselves from the governor’s mandate.

Lakes state youth activist Moses Ater called on Dhuol to step down, accusing him of warmongering despite efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully.

“This imposed caretaker governor must step down, otherwise force will be used against him to step down,” said Ater.

“I hear president Salva Kiir talking about peace and not about war. Where is this governor getting orders of recruiting youth to join the army from?” he added.

Youth activists and traditional authorities have repeatedly called for Dhuol’s removal amid claims he has failed to stem ongoing violence and tribal conflict in the state, although Kiir has so far overlooked the calls.

Dhuol came under heavy criticism last month over his calls for the state’s youth to join the military.

Violence erupted in South Sudan in mid-December last year following escalating political tensions within the ruling SPLM.

The conflict has pitted troops loyal to Kiir, who hails from the Dinka tribe, against rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, a Nuer.

Activist Moses Majok said that while youth in Lakes state stand alongside the elected government, they are not prepared to engage in ethnic violence.

“[The] Nuer community are our brothers,” he said.

While Dinka groups and Lakes state and Nuer youth in neighbouring states are known to engage in cross-border cattle raids, Majok questioned why the tribes should engage in further violence now that South Sudan had achieved independence.

Majok said youth have complained of receiving rough treatment at the hands of the state security agency, with some being detained at Langcok military prison without charge.

He claimed that “Dhuol had crushed justice and education in Lakes state”.

The refusal of Lakes state’s Dinka youth to join military forces recruited to fight against rebels has led to increased tensions between the state and central government in Juba.

Ongoing fighting between the government and rebels has killed thousands and displaced over 1.3 million people, with hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries.

Activists and civil society groups in Lakes state capital last stepped up pressure on Dhuol to resign over the way he has run the state since he was appointed in January 2012.

(ST)

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  • 5 June 12:59, by Jalaby

    What? recruiting youth by force in the army? will you be able compensate them if they join the army or you’ve no money? how come you want them to serve the army for free and die for vain?
    Believe me these youth will throw their guns and run away when the first chance appears to them!
    You better continue your project of hiring mercenaries like UDPF,SPLA-N & JEM!

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    • 5 June 13:22, by Ayom Ayom

      That is not the case, South Sudanese fought for more than 21 years without salary, food and other needs. I don’t see any reasons or difficulty to recruit youth to depend their own territory from any aggression. The the truth is that people of South Sudan they don’t need to kill themselves, we are one one people

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  • 5 June 14:07, by Tong dut

    @Mr jalaba,Dinka kingdom is over with kirr, why to force human being to be recruit?
    A dead dog is better than dinka.

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  • 5 June 17:17, by Mapuor

    Youth of Lakes State are already fighting Nyagaats in Upper Nile.Youth are ready to defend their government at any cost.Those thieves who called themselves Lakes youth are those who were previous spoon fed from public funds.Gen Matur is liked by all people of the state and is now busy with construction of state house.

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    • 5 June 17:23, by Mapuor

      State house in Lakes was never built since,previous governors were using colonial building which was a rural council office.Gen Chut is doing miracles guys.Lakes state beggars are not happy,women who use to beg by composing songs praising corrupt politicians and army officers just to get money are not happy too,but they are very few and insignificant.

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  • 5 June 18:53, by Fact Nonsense

    I’m originally from Yirol and I would like to inform readers that our governor doesn’t differentiate the laws for governing independent state and his disoriented military kind of administration. This is Republic of South Sudan where everybody mind his own business. Force is not a right word in this situation. Otherwise, we want to get rid of you and your primitive ideology.

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    • 5 June 19:06, by Fact Nonsense

      Matur Chut should know that because of Salva Kiir imposing idiots like you on people has led this lovely country to a nightmare. The people of Lakes state should know that President Salva Kiir personally is too negative about the people of Lake State and history has it all. For your information, in Lakes State, the President has friends like Matur Chut, Telar Ring and Marial Chanuong rather than

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      • 5 June 19:28, by Fact Nonsense

        supporters. The people of Lakes State shouldn’t be taken advantage of because of what we know very well "tribal allegiance" in the cause of President Kiir to remain president. I’m not a rebel nor a betrayer, but somebody who don’t want wrong people to manipulate long forgotten youth. Lets do the opposite to unseat Matur Chut and his commissioners by force now!!

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  • 5 June 19:55, by Fact Nonsense

    For almost 9 years, President Salva Kiir and his hand picked friends enjoyed their cakes and forgot their backbones. Now that the going is getting tough, they want to look behind. Why now? The only solution to current problems is for President to step aside with his cultural hardliners like Matur Chut. We Jieng are being hated because of the few who interpret national affairs into tribe issues.

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    • 5 June 20:47, by Fact Nonsense

      I’m deeply troubled by the state of our affairs because of few individuals. Jieng, our image has been tarnished by conservatives like Telar Ring, Matur Chut, Salva Kiir, Paul Malong, Makuei Lueth, Salva Mathok and Bol Akot. Its time to humiliate these fellows otherwise, our future is at risk with hatred looming from every part of the world towards Jieng.

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      • 6 June 09:35, by Akook

        Only one thing to say here "Matur Chuot yin anek cieth muony"!

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