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Lakes state’s military caretaker voted out by national parliament


August 26, 2014 (RUMBEK) – South Sudan’s national parliament has passed a bill recommending the removal of Lakes state’s military caretaker governor, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol.

Matur Chut Dhuol was appointed as Lakes state's military caretaker governor in January 2013 (ST)The bill came after the parliament summonsed the ministries of defence, interior and national security on Monday to explain the current security situation in Lakes state.

Defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk said 300 people, killed including women and children, were killed within the last thee months alone, with many more suffering gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, deputy minister for interior Jadhallah Augustion described clashes in the state capital, Rumbek, as a “cancer” on South Sudan, urging lawmakers to approve the motion for Dhuol’s removal as governor.

He said a new governor will be tasked with overseeing reforms to the justice and law enforcement sectors.

The minister for national security, Abuto Mamur Mete, has blamed ongoing insecurity in Lakes state on a lack of unity within the leadership, noting that a culture of revenge had taken root as more unauthorised arms fell into the hands of pastoralist youth, contributing to a break down in law and order.

Parliamentary speaker Magok Rundial accepted the motion put forward by Zechariah Matur Makuer, calling on president Salva Kiir to issue a decree for Dhuol’s removal.
Mete said Dhuol’s removal would be in the best interests of national security.

“In order that the state should be stable and security realised, the change in the state leadership should be an option as called for by the citizens of the state,” he said.

“If the state caretaker fails to manage [the] government affairs of the state, as is the case now in Lakes State, and rather, contributes to cases of insecurity, it is incumbent upon the president to call back the governor as stipulated in Article 101,” Mete added.

The chairperson of the Lakes state caucus in the national parliament, Daniel Dhieu Matuet, also supported the ministers’ proposal to remove Dhuol as governor.

“I would like to appeal to this House to approve the removal of governor Matur Chut Dhuol so that a conducive atmosphere is created and then all of us will go to Lakes state to solve issues such as non-payment of chiefs’ salaries in the whole state, which led to the loss of control over youth,” Matuet told lawmakers.

The legislative assembly has recommended the proposal be passed to the president for consideration, with the deputy interior minister also recommending a mass disarmament exercise.

Dhuol was appointed last January after elected governor Chol Tong Mayay was removed by presidential decree reportedly over his failure to curb ongoing violence between rival battle herding groups.

Under South Sudan’s interim constitution an election for a new permanent governor should have been held within 60 days, but the deadline lapsed on 21 March and no election has ever been held.

Following his appointment Dhuol introduced a series of tough new measures, with critics accusing him of ruling the state with “an iron fist”.

Despite the measures, his leadership has been marked by ongoing unrest amid a cycle of inter-clan clashes and revenge killings.

The state has been the scene of a fresh wave of violence following the unsolved murder earlier this month of paramount chief Apareer Chut Dhuol, who was the elder brother of the embattled governor.

There are growing calls among Lakes state residents for Dhuol’s removal, but Kiir has so far overlooked the demands.

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.


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  • 27 August 2014 07:15, by Madina Tonj

    I don’t think the clashed is blamed for those carrying guns. The Lake State communities behave that way since there was a movement in the Bush. You can just ask yourself question such as are formers governors faces same problems in the past? The answer is yes, the clashed in Lake State has no end but hateful and killing each others like that. Their mentality is same as Nuers people.

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    • 27 August 2014 09:35, by Mr Point

      For a year and a half this man had no legal authority. His position was unconstitutional.

      Why did Parliament not act sooner about this and other abuses of the constitution ?

      Why do some say the constitution can not be changed to allow a prime minister etc when there is clear evidence the current government breaks the rule of law?

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  • 27 August 2014 07:54, by Big Boy

    Dear Lakes state p’ple,
    Our peoples in Lakes State things can never changed you are most stupid peoples in South Sudan and you will stay stupid all your life..embarrassing new nation with you mentitalities. everyday and everysingle night you hear gun shots and killing each other for no reason!!so this really cancer!!

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    • 27 August 2014 16:18, by Mapuor

      Lakes state has fallen into the hands of Jallaba collaborators. Who is Matur Makuer?He was a Jallaba tax payer during the war of liberation and only came to Lakes when he was assured that he would not be recruited into the SPLA.Again who is Dhiu Matut,he is an old village chief who used to incite his subjects against the SPLA during the war. Can such dogs play with liberators in that manner?

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      • 27 August 2014 16:24, by Mapuor

        coming to the issue of arms that are in the hands of rural youth.Yaa Jamma just read the make of those guns!they are the standard issue assault rifles of the SPLA.Three Generals from Lakes at Bilpam are the ones selling weapons to Lakes youth through their body guards who have also became millionaires through the sale of arms.

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        • 27 August 2014 16:28, by Mapuor

          If Gen Kuol Manyang wants Lakes State to be peaceful,he must first discipline his generals who sell SPLA weapons including machine guns to civilians.Mabuto Mamur should collect enough information on the sale of SPLA weapons.There is no guns factory in Lakes.

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          • 27 August 2014 16:34, by Mapuor

            General Matur Chut disarms the youth only to be re-armed by the three generals who are selling weapons and ammunition to youth.Even if you remove Gen Matur and you don’t stop your generals from selling SPLA guns,you will still see youth fighting themselves.May be those generals share the money with the minister of defense and that could be the reason he never mentioned source of weapons.

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  • 27 August 2014 15:51, by laatmachol apac

    Governor will be remove today but tomorrow you will make gossiping against the one you will elected.crisis in Rumbek is not dhuol fail administration but stubborned minded people even those intellectual are the part of ongoing crisis. please mind what happen during Hon Telar Ring Deng appointment,we love somebody today but tomorrow you will be the enemy when he/she fail to give your needs

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    • 28 August 2014 13:02, by Big Boy

      Dear Bro..
      Governor will be remove today but tomorrow you will make gossiping or bubblermouth against the one you will elected.crisis in Rumbek is not dhuol failures administration but stubborned minded people even those intellectual are the part of ongoing crisis. please mind what happen during Hon Telar Ring Deng appointment,Lakes state they are most failures peoples in South Sudan believe me!

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  • 27 August 2014 15:58, by laatmachol apac

    Hon Governor
    take courage and go home peacefully, your heroine is known during the struggle, give those who are glutton for leadership but after two to three months, you will heard their voices voting out the chosen one. Our people are very disturb borne people. You are the brave man and upright.

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  • 28 August 2014 00:06, by akid malual

    South Sudan Goverment and lake state leadership need to think twice. not the removable of Governer wiill solve your probem. But south Gorvernment creat more enemy if that happen again of remove lake state governer again as chol tong did.

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  • 28 August 2014 07:57, by BM-21

    Dear Sir,
    The President of the Republice of South Sudan H.E Gen.Kiir the removable of Maj.gen Matur Chut from the position of Care taker of Lakes will not solve any thing in lakes state! like now he calm down the tension between Gony and Thuyic on killing of his own brother paramount chief Aparer Chut Dhuol was killed 5th Aug.2014 by the son of late Maker Mabor ,no more death occur in Rumbek b/s..

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    • 28 August 2014 08:01, by BM-21

      or the present of Matur that ,s why there was no more killing. you ask a question what will be the solution.

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