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Rumbek North commissioner survives ambush


July 12, 2014 (RUMBEK) – The Rumbek North commissioner in South Sudan’s Lakes state survived an ambush on Thursday carried out by unknown gunmen.

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Commissioner Marial Machar Aweckoc reportedly escaped unhurt, while Makur Kucdit Dhor, the county head of the criminal investigation department (CID) sustained injuries during the attack.

Lakes state information minister condemned the shooting, urging civilians to cooperate with the state government, despite existing differences.

“The ambush happened at Buoi village near the former military prison at Longcok. The CID officer Makur Kucdit Dhor sustained a gunshot wound after inserted efforts to protect the commissioner from the attackers,” said Marik Nanga Marik.

“In the process of exchanging fire with attackers, Makur was shot at his left leg and now being admitted in Rumbek hospital and commissioner had hardly escaped the attackers in safety,” he added.

A youth, who preferred anonymity, claimed the attack was to prevent the commissioner from witnessing president Salva Kiir’s planned visit to state capital, Rumbek on Sunday.

“We are tied of this state government’s attitude. They abuse, threaten, beat us and even take away our cows. They also use hate speech on their Radio FM 98, abusing our personality and arrest us,” he said from an unknown location.

He questioned why Kiir was silent on calls for removal of the caretaker governor, Matur Chut Dhuol, saying “We will remove him by all means”.

Pastoralists youths also resolved not to attend the president’s event, but said only six of its members would be sent to listen to his speech.


The public in Lakes state refused to share any information related to security with security agent as many try to isolate the state government in order to frustrate Dhuol’s administration efforts.

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

Lakes state’s Dinka youth also 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.


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  • 13 July 2014 01:57, by Ito

    My esteem brothers, citizens, I appeal to you to not be short sighted about lake’s state problem. The problem is bigger than what you are fighting for. I appeal to you all to join the armed resistance movement under comrade democratic leader Dr. Riek to remove this government that is punishing you in order for you to get genuine peace. Removing governor will not solve your problem but removing

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    • 13 July 2014 02:00, by Ito

      the boss of your governor Salva and his government and installation of a federal democratic constitution is the only way where all will be equal and peace, justice, democracy, development, freedom of expression will pour like rivers in south sudan. The rebellion is for all and never listen to government propaganda that tries to brand it as tribal. It is a desperate attempt by Salva to convince

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      • 13 July 2014 02:02, by Ito

        more gullible and innocent youth like you to not support democratic forces from kicking the dictator. The more you wait, the more you will suffer with no solution. The resistance is for all. Even if you don’t like to fight together with Nuer, just join Aturjong and fight under him and achieve your freedom through him. Don’t turn back please.

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        • 13 July 2014 06:06, by Akol Liai Mager

          Call to fight and kill? What a pathetic call? What did Those you have just mentioned achieved in your so-called armed-resistance other than killing innocent civilians and destroying their properties? I thought calling for laying down arms is closer to calling for peace and stoping the killing. South Sudanese people must pray and work hard for peace than calling for more deaths.

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          • 13 July 2014 06:15, by Akol Liai Mager

            I know there are many things that went and still going wrong, however you cannot stop the killing by calling for more killings. Think of today! It’s a Mandela’s Day and remember what is great about Mandela which is; "He walks out in Prison into the Presidential Palace with pride and heroism applauded by the whole world. Road of the peaceful change is long, but road of violence change is so bloody.

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            • 13 July 2014 08:41, by J P Puok

              sorry Mr commissioner ! to the youth please that is not the civilized way of solving problems. But Mr commissioner next time try to play your cards closed to your chest! get it ?

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    • 13 July 2014 10:07, by Hardlinner

      Ito, I can assure that youth in lake state would rather have matur chut as governor than to join rebels.To hell with riek machar. None of us can waste his energy on his primitive rebellion. If we want rebbelion we can do it ourself. Riek is in blacklist in lake state. Keep you nuer rebellion to yourself fool.

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      • 13 July 2014 16:19, by Ito

        Hardliner, thank you for replying. I know you are upset with what the government is doing but you are reluctance to join rebels not because of their vision but because the leader is not a Dinka. Dinka should rule but not to be rule. I hope all other readers understand this clearly as it has now surface. That is why we say Salva is Dinka president but Riek is leader for all south sudanese.

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