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Gunman attacks Lakes state’s Rumbek University

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July 8, 2014 (RUMBEK) – A gunman launched a surprise attack at Lakes state’s Rumbek University on Sunday, with students forced to flee through classroom windows.

South Sudan police said they have arrested the alleged attacker, but did not provide further details.

RUMBEK CATTLE RAID

In a separate incident on Monday, pastoralist youth attacked Rumbek town and raided an estimated 3,000 cows, in what is the third such attack this year in Rumbek Central. Some of the cattle raised were milking cows, while others had been intended for slaughter for the Rumbek market.

Police and pastoralists exchanged heavy gunfire, with two pastoralists killed on the spot.

Other pastoralists escaped with their wounded to an unknown location.

One youth told Sudan Tribune in his hideout place that the aim of the attack was to punish caretaker military Governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol and his cabinet by preventing meat being sold in the market.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the youth said the cattle camp was on high alert, with the group remaining armed and ready to defend themselves.

He claimed the attack was justified as Dhuol did not command respect, accusing the governor of being responsible for the deaths of a number of pastoralist youths detained at a secret military prison.

“We are ready to seize all cows in [Rumbek] town so that governor Matur Chut [Dhuol] could not access meat anymore,” he said.

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit immediately cancelled a planned visit to Rumbek, which was scheduled for last weekend to officially open a Chinese-constructed hospital located on the Rumbek-Yirol road

The president is now likely to reschedule his visit to this coming weekend.

The naming of the hospital has recently been the subject of a disagreement between the state government and local communities.

While the government said it had opted to name the new healthcare facility Mayardit Women’s Hospital, local community leaders are advocating to name the hospital after Samuel Aru Bol, a prominent politician in the then Southern Sudan.

Coincidentally, Bol’s mausoleum lies within the vicinity of the new hospital.

The visit comes amid growing calls for Dhuol to be removed over his imposition of harsh security measures and failure to quell ongoing tribal violence and cattle raiding in the state.

Dhuol, who was appointed in January 2012 after Kiir removed elected governor Chol Tong Mayay, is also accused of inciting violence within local communities through hate speeches and attempting to undermine intellectuals and traditional authorities.

As part of preparations for the presidential visit roads were levelled with stones and trees in freedom square were painted white.

“UNLAWFUL” CONSTRUCTION

Meanwhile, Lakes state MPs have also criticised Dhuol’s decision to constrict a temporary fence in Rumbek freedom square, describing the construction as random and unlawful.

“[This] random construction … is not approved by parliament as required by law. All the money used for the construction are money [which] we believed to be [for] different operation costs and capital,” said MP Veronica Philip, who has accused the Dhuol administration of money grabbing contributions from counties and local institutions for its own purposes.

Philip claimed insecurity in the state is continuing to worsen, confirming that senior student Mabak Mapuor and five people, including one woman were killed in recent violence. Rape is also on the rise, with six cases reported recently, the MP said.

COMMUNITY MIGRATION

A number of Lakes state communities are also threatening to migrate, accusing the government of failing to protect them.

Dhuol has declined to comment on security issues in the state. He has justified the construction of temporary fencing as part of planned celebrations for the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence and the arrival of the president.

(ST)

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  • 10 July 11:46, by siddaw

    Shame on them. Attacking the university for what? The lunatic people who call themselves the Lake State citizens are more than a disgrace to our nation

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    • 10 July 11:53, by mayom maboung marek

      we need a solution, not a blame

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  • 10 July 17:26, by Hardlinner

    What is all these acts of savagery in rumbek. nothing should justified this horrible attack on university. If those savage youth want to attack matur chut, why don’t they go to his residency. Regarding the hospital’s name kiir shouldn’t even surface in any one mind. Kiir is too corrupt and delusional there4 insignificant. name it rumbek hospital or chinese hospital since it them that donate it

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  • 10 July 18:05, by Mapuor

    General Chut is the strongest governor in Lakes state. All previous governors did nothing in Lakes, but instead stole pension money of all civil servants and the damn legislative assembly kept quiet, for they were all bribed. General Matur refused to eat public money and thus refused to bribe the legislative assembly that is dominated by prostitutes and former cattle rustlers. Lakes state MP

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    • 10 July 18:07, by Mapuor

      . Lakes state MPs ate money that was meant for building legislative assembly facilities and instead occupied agricultural training centre t5hat was built by Sudan council of Church in 19879.Just look at those MPs, are they really for development or are they7 just corrupt thugs who bribed the SPLM electoral college during their nomination .Come on, why not stop previous governors from eating c

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      • 10 July 18:14, by Mapuor

        Lakes state youth are supporting president Kiir’s government and have vowed in several occasions to accept sacrifices for the protection of legtimate government of South Sudan.Those who are destabilizing the state are few youth who are bribed by some disgruntled group in Juba to cause insecurity and thank God that they are now fleeing the state and Lakes will soon see perpetual security.

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  • 10 July 19:17, by Martin

    Please writers, stop writing lies. Rumbek Town is a not cattle camp were people can keep 3000 cows.

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  • 10 July 21:21, by WendeMajok

    “We are ready to seize all cows in [Rumbek] town so that governor Matur Chut [Dhuol] could not access meat anymore,” he said. Does Matur Chuut feed on meat only anyway? Why are you tarnishing your beautiful town? Christianity and education first hit your town and you are still backward, what is the statement of your problems, Rumbekians?

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  • 11 July 09:01, by Padiet Deng Alony

    these youth should be categorized as a rebel and SPLA should deal with them not the police period.

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  • 11 July 20:30, by Kerem

    Wendemajok, thank you for analyzing it that way. If Matur Chut at all live on meat, how many cows does he have that he could slaughter? How many Kgs of meat does matur and his cabinet buy as alleged by the disgruntled writer? The reality is that the want to tarnish our beautiful town to become a ghost town which will never happen

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  • 11 July 20:36, by Kerem

    The writer of this article is known all over lakes state that he is an enemy of peace since the time of Awet Akot, up to now. he was only quiet during Chol Tong when he was bribed with huge public money, a car and a job as Director somewhere. Now that Matur is a no nonsense guy, he turns against him not know that he is against the community of the state but not matur.

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