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Matur Chuot Dhuol was appointed as caretaker governor of Lakes state in January 2013 (ST)

Name: Matur Chut Dhuol

Position: Caretaker Governor of Lakes State, South Sudan

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:

  • Creating a military prison on Langcok in the northern of Rumbek Central County.
  • Denying those arrested on suspicion of involvement in cattle raiding and inter-communal violence of access to their own lawyers and human rights officials.
  • Warning the commissioners of all eight counties that they will be sacked of they fail to confront cattle raiders and bring them to justice.
  • Threatening to close the Lakes State’s Legislative Assembly if politicians continue to debate political issues.
  • Banning alcohol from being sold in Lakes state apart from at six specific hotels.
  • Requiring that all firearms in the state be registered.

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