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Lakes: Pastoralist youth desert counties, threaten attacks against state

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June 23, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Police in Lakes state capital Rumbek say thousands of youth have deserted their cattle camps and headed for the bush where they are threatening to launch an offensive against the state government if military caretaker governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol goes ahead with a disarmament initiative.

A senior officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said pastoralists had become increasingly frustrated at the state administration’s inability to quell ongoing inter-clan clashes and revenge killings.

“They (pastoralist youths) have deserted counties headquarters and cattle camps and now youth are camping in [the] jungle with threats that if disarmament is declared they will launch attacks [against the] state administration” the high profile officer said.

Meanwhile, thousands of students have been forced to drop out of their studies after the government restricted the payment of school fees for those sponsored under the previous administration of former elected governor Chol Tong Mayay.

The officer said there was now growing calls for Dhuol to be removed, although president Salva Kiir has so far overlooked the calls.

“There is high isolation of [the] state administration by both traditional leaders, students and activists,” he said.

Pastoralist youths who spoke to Sudan Tribune from their hideout in Lakes state have confirmed they had deserted their counties and were camping in the bush amid rumours that Dhuol was set to launch a disarmament campaign.

Many of those in hiding lost friends or relatives in revenge killings, while others were victims of the notoriously secretive Langcok military prison, which has now been shut down.

Aguot Majak said he had lost his 24-year-old brother, Matur Kedit Mamer, who was allegedly killed by a military guard at Langcok.

Family members and security sources spoken to separately by Sudan Tribune said that military guards had buried Mamer before sending a letter to the executive chief informing him of the death.

Majak says he has taken part in tribal clashes and five highway attacks in a bid to avenge his brother’s killing.

Having already lost family members during South Sudan’s protracted civil war with the north, he says he has nothing left to lose.

“I am here like nothing, I am like nobody, I have nothing [to] care [for] – my brother died with [the] legacy of [my] family and I am left [an] orphan,” he said.

“Today Matur Chut with his soldiers under Kiir kill[ed] my brother without reason. I choose to die with more people,” he added.

Lakes state politics were thrown in to turmoil last January after Kiir removed Mayay and appointed Dhuol in his place to reform security in the region.

However, Dhuol’s measures have been repeatedly criticised for being overly harsh and doing little to stem tribal unrest across the state.

The measures introduced by Dhuol include:

• The creation of a military prison at Langcok in the north of Rumbek Central county.

• Denying those arrested on suspicion of involvement in cattle raiding and inter-communal violence of access to legal representation.

• Warning the commissioners of all eight counties that they will be sacked if they fail to confront cattle raiders and bring them to justice.

• Threatening to close Lakes state’s legislative assembly if politicians continue to debate political issues.

• Banning the sale of alcohol except at six specific hotels.

• Requiring that all firearms in the state be registered.

(ST)

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  • 24 June 11:43, by Simpleman

    The name of the guy alone is a delinquent to lake state "Matur Chut Dhuol"
    This country need a total leadership change.

    God Look Upon Us.

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    • 24 June 14:34, by Ayom Ayom

      Lake state Youth and politicians, don’t worry choreographed plan are underway

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    • 24 June 17:39, by Tong dut

      @ LAKE STATE YOUTH,
      That is a good move, be strong and brave gays.Let no fool play with you. Loot more cattle to be rich.Get more guns and so that no stupid police may play with you,you governor who is now with us is a strong brave man,They sack him but he went to juba to sack the stupid president who is now on run to ugadan with his guards from uganda.
      Get more guns form both army and police.

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    • 24 June 20:19, by Tibs

      Fuck #Sudan Tribute with your shit and fake news without verification!
      The Lakes State youths are not running to bush and fight with States authorities. They are hiding not to be arrested(the murders) and to ease disarmament campaign!

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  • 24 June 12:07, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Ah ah, our country needs a new leadership from head to the bottom, I mean from Kiir himself up to head chief in a village.

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    • 24 June 14:25, by Akook

      Kiir had been fanning this situation in Lakes state, no doubt he has records of trying to extinguish fire when it is already too late! Kiir thought its just politics as usual to keep this illiterate general on people’s neck even when the community openly so far had objected Matur Chut. The next step is we all know, it will spiral out against government and Kiir will have no teeth to bite anymore..

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      • 24 June 18:47, by Ito

        You should not only focus on removing matur but his master Salva Kiir. I know you Dinkas live like animals and it is hard for you guys to understand matters of national concern but you will learn slowly by slowly. The reason why you are reluctance to accept federal system is not because it bad system but because you are illiterate to understand. Equatoria with 32 percent literacy rate, Upper 29

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        • 24 June 18:49, by Ito

          and bar el gazal only 17 percent. This explains why you guys don’t understand what development and federalism mean because of lack of education. The upper nile people understand because they have more educated people than you and same with equatoria the founder of federalism in south sudan. You guys should not hold others hostage for your stupidness

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  • 24 June 15:42, by Fact Nonsense

    Thump-up! I appeal to SPLA and other organised forces in Lakes State to be neutral and allow us the citizens of Lakes State to remove Matur Chut if he refused to resigned. He has led us down terribly with his sharia law ideologies. The SPLA and other organised forces have done your job for depending us during civil war. Now let the civilian deal with bad guys without your involvement PLEASE...

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  • 24 June 23:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The poster is wrong in comment of this allegations, youths are not camping up in the bush. If so, then the government will destroy them and they can be even term up as Riek Machar group and government will deal with them definitely.

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