Name: Matur Chut Dhuol
Rank: Major General
South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit has appointed Major General Matur Chut as caretaker Governor of Lakes state on 21 Janaury 2013, a day after removing Governor Chol Tong Mayay.
Kiir initially put Deputy Governor Mabor Achol Kuer in temporary charge. Under South Sudan’s interim constitution an election for a new permanent governor should have been held within 60 days but this deadline passed on 21 March.
Chut is one of the 35 top military officers who were removed from active military service and put on a reserve list “until they are reassigned” in a separate presidential decree on 21 January 2013.
His appointment has been received mixed reactions in Lakes state, with some of his critics fearing that the new Governor will run the state with “an iron fist”.
Mayay was removed after a series of deadly clashes between Lakes state’s cattle herding groups. He was accused of failing to prevent the clashes and address the causes of the violence.
Dhuol introduced a string of tough measures with some residents accusing him of introducing marshal law.
The measures Dhuol has introduced include:
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