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August 9, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Lakes state have suspended three chiefs from Cueibet county over their bid to join Warrap state’s Tonj South county in defiance of military caretaker governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol.

The chiefs, Meen Pec, Det Wantok and Makur Nyuar, are in control of the western part of Cueibet county, which is seeking to join the neighbouring administration.

According to Lakes state MP Veronica Ujma Philip, the three chiefs have been suspended indefinitely after their moves angered Dhuol.

The Panyar communities of Cueibet county are seeking protection from the state government.

The chiefs reportedly instructed their communities not to go into Cueibet for trade or court matters in order to avoid state authorities after the government banned the community from operating their traditional court.

A local market was instead opened by the three chiefs in Ludochok at Malou-pec where the Panyar community is bale to sell and trade their cows and goats.

One of the chiefs, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the suspension.

“We are ready to join Warrap state just seeking for our community protection, as well our personal belongings – harassment [has] become a business of the day,” he said.

In a separate incident, two people were killed by an unknown gunman at Ayeicok in Cueibet county’s Duony payam (district) on Friday.

One of the victims was from the Pan-Nhaich of the Gok section, while the other was from the Dinka Agaar section of Rumbek East county. The culprit remains at large.

The county criminal investigation department (CID) alleged that the suspect is likely to have come from Rumbek East county and that the attack may have been related to the killing of paramount chief Apareer Chut Dhuol, who was murdered by an unknown assailant at Pacong payam on 5 August.

The CID also believe the paramount chief’s shooting was in retaliation for the death of late chief Maker Mabor, who was killed in 2002 by Dhuol’s son.

Local police say state authorities have become increasingly isolated, with the public refusing to share information with law enforcement officers, making in difficult to investigate killings and maintain law and order in the region.

There are growing calls for South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit to relieve the caretaker governor, however, those calls have so far been overlooked.

(ST)

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  • 10 August 19:33, by Madina Tonj

    Gok community use to be origin people in Tonj communities but they decide to moved to Rumbek administration that was the time Tonj, Rumbek and Yirol were combined in Rumbek administration. I don’t think suspending 3 chiefs will solve that problems, because if they real mean it then, they will move and no government will force them to stay in Lake State.Remember we are all Dinkas and all S.Sudanese

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  • 10 August 19:33, by Madina Tonj

    Gok community use to be origin people in Tonj communities but they decide to moved to Rumbek administration that was the time Tonj, Rumbek and Yirol were combined in Rumbek administration. I don’t think suspending 3 chiefs will solve that problems, because if they real mean it then, they will move and no government will force them to stay in Lake State.Remember we are all Dinkas and all S.Sudanese

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  • 10 August 19:48, by Madina Tonj

    TO: All members of Gok community in Lake State, we view your problems in Lake State is very unlikely to stop if you guys behave like Nuer societies. Basically, I am one of the Tonjes member and I would like to give you this advice even it will not help you that is our view. Tonj counties have 24 communities and one Bongo community none Dinka but we don’t fight with Bongo tribe which is good.

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  • 10 August 20:02, by Madina Tonj

    Finally about 3 chiefs issue, we are all Dinkas, Southern Sudanese citizens for that matter and if all Gok communities decide again to come back to its origin Tonj then, you are all very welcome but make sure you guys must change your attitudes. The way you guys went to loot Cows in Maper county is unacceptable norm in Dinka society. Also Tonj will soon be name as a Central Bahr el Ghazal State.

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  • 10 August 20:03, by Madina Tonj

    Finally about 3 chiefs issue, we are all Dinkas, Southern Sudanese citizens for that matter and if all Gok communities decide again to come back to its origin Tonj then, you are all very welcome but make sure you guys must change your attitudes. The way you guys went to loot Cows in Maper county is unacceptable norm in Dinka society. Also Tonj will soon be name as a Central Bahr el Ghazal State.

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    • 11 August 08:45, by Martin

      Madina Tonj,

      We should not encourage Minority interest over the Majority. Communities are majority and politicians are minority. Politicians just come and go and communities still remain in tack. Where will these communities move again if bad politician pop-up from Warrap? No State is safe to move to. Please brother, we better change bad politicians thru one voices if we want safe South Sudan.

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      • 11 August 09:04, by Madina Tonj

        Martin. I am not the one who encourage Gok communities to join Tonj counties but it was them seemingly to demanding their protection and securing their animals as the chief had mention. Look we Tonjes people are not interesting to attracted problem maker to come in to our Tonj communities this is absolutely a no no no answer brother. But if the Gok community deciding to come in Tonj counties is ok

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  • 10 August 21:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Why do government officials suspended these three chiefs from their positions? They have rights to join Tonj if they want to. Remember, we are all Dinkas and Dinkas people can move anywhere in their land with restrictions. I support them on this move. Dinkas oyee. Long live Dinkas...I approve this message by Dinkas future president DDG.

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  • 10 August 22:19, by Kerem

    Manyang Mayom is fighting Lakes State more than the youth who are fighting themselves. None of the Youth from Rumbek east have gone those ends of Cueibet. If you have any personal issue with Matur, leave aside our community and fight him directly

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    • 11 August 09:04, by Martin

      Kerem,

      If Manyang Mayom is the one reporting all these garbage articles all times, then he has committed sedition/treason against the state. That means he is unpatriotic? Why on Earth he spoiled the whole State and its citizens for his self-interest (for being fired by Governor as a director of information)? He had damaged the name of Lakes State, not the Governor who keep the hostile people.

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      • 11 August 14:27, by Mayom County Boy

        non of your business Guys ,it is act of Care taker governor Mr Matur Chuot Dhoal to dismiss any one who does not know is work, because charity begin at home , otherwise governor may point other officials who may take care for Rumbek communities ,

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      • 11 August 14:27, by Mayom County Boy

        non of your business Guys ,it is act of Care taker governor Mr Matur Chuot Dhoal to dismiss any one who does not know is work, because charity begin at home , otherwise governor may point other officials who may take care for Rumbek communities ,

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