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No room for politics, says Lakes state caretaker governor


January 30, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Lakes state’s new military caretaker governor, Maj. Gen. Matur Chut Dhuol, has detailed a set of tough new reforms to quell insecurity in the state.

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

Under the plans, commissioners of all eight counties have been directed to confront cattle raiders and bring them to justice. Failure to do so will result in their immediate dismissal.

He also warned members of Lakes state’s legislative assembly to stop debating politics in parliament, saying he will shut down parliament if political topics continue.

On Tuesday, thousands of people in Lakes state turned out to welcome the new governor and hear his maiden speech, which covered security issues, as well as several public warnings to officials and ministers, including chiefs operating in the state.

In a rally held on Tuesday in Rumbek’s freedom square, Dhuol ordered all people carrying illegal firearms to begin registering their weapons by 30 January. The order did not indicate how long the registration will be.

Dhuol stressed he was appointed for the sole purpose of “security reform”, adding: “My mission in Lakes state is to stop road ambushes and cattle raiding with neighboring states.”

Part of his brief, said Dhuol, was to restore peace and security before the kick-off of the 2015 national elections. He warned against those pursuing a political agenda ahead of that time, saying there was “no room for politics [from] now until 2015”.

He also called upon the public to work collectively with him so as to avoid the use of military measures. He strongly warned commissioners to step up efforts against cattle raiding, ambushes along the road and inter-communal violence. Any commissioner who failed to do so would be immediately removed, he said.

He ordered the state’s commissioners to report directly to him rather than the Deputy Governor, state minster of local government and law enforcement agencies.

Dhuol also urged officials and the public at large to refrain from inciting and supporting inter-communal violence and cattle raiding.

Dhuol’s predecessor Chol Tong Mayay was removed from his position by presidential decree earlier this month.

Although no official reason has been given, his dismissal has been linked to the outbreak of clashes between sections of the Dinka tribe earlier this month which erupted in Rumbek central county, killing 25 people and injuring more than 30.

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir’s decree broadcast on 21 January drew mixed reactions at the time, with some politicians welcoming the decision and others objecting to the governor’s removal on the grounds it was unlawful.

South Sudan’s parliament this week backed the decisions, declaring the move constitutional.


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  • 31 January 2013 00:12, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Iam waiting for more news from this man,him,Gen Mangar Buong and I will bring peace to this nation.if our tough talks are applied in a timely manner.

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    • 31 January 2013 01:29, by Kurnyel

      Idi Amin in Lakes State.The so call military caretaker is going too far as threatening elected paliament, what a joke, can some one tell him that is not bush time mr Matur Cut? you went away with fire squad of hundreds of innocents civilans but this time you will not. for example during 1991-1997 you were very busy killing IDPs of Nuer-bull community who were residing in Rumbek with their cattles.

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      • 31 January 2013 01:33, by Kurnyel

        you killed all of them and looted their cattles. eye witness told me that nearly 4000 IDPs from nuer bull were innocently massacre by you Matur Cut.you are the number one rich in cattle among Agar right now because of Nuer-bull cattles. I believe Lakes State parliament is more than you big man for nothing but killer.

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        • 31 January 2013 01:45, by Lotodo Awino Odug


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        • 31 January 2013 06:58, by Majongdit

          What you are saying is just absurd. You are trying to add up issues that dont even agree. I know you are a Nuer and you have for sometime been disguising as a North Sudanese.
          Now we know you, Mr SPLM-DC

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        • 1 February 2013 04:23, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

          Kurnyel, don’t mess up here my friend, when your Nuer militia attacked Akoth, Marial-bek and Adol cattlecamps 1992 – 1998 was that your choice mr Galuak?. You the Nuer were the cause of destabilisation in South Sudan if we go into details. Maturdit has just defended Lakes state people in their own home land; get off your bias from here!

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      • 1 February 2013 07:07, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        General Matur will bring peace in Lake state if he implemented all what he had said,thank you General Matur for you bravely words.

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    • 31 January 2013 06:59, by Tong dut

      Put in mind Mr governor those people was been electted, not like you.How can you close a parliament?
      It is true that, the line of hell in south sudan is Rumbek.
      Do you want to kill all those DINKAS?
      Soon you will run away, primmary 8 new IDI AMIN DADA.

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    • 31 January 2013 08:44, by Peter Mading

      General Matur,
      The entire community would like to see Lakes State back to its normal state. Historically, People of Lakes State were peace loving community, people of hospitality, friendly, proud and hardworking community. Treat them with iron fist so that security should come back to 100%. If you fail then go to dust bin with Chol.

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    • 31 January 2013 13:42, by Ito

      I am not surprise by the threatening message of the military dictator. He is a Dinka and Dinkas are like that. So no need to be surprise as this is their usual behavior....animal behavior and cowardice top with corruption, raping. I agree with my white friend who said that are Dinkas really human beings because they look so black and ugly. I said I also have that question in mind as a south sudane

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      • 31 January 2013 14:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Do you know that you will get your ass kiss with childish gossips,are the ugly Dodos and Dingdinga and murle monkeys too.stop being the dumb you are and learn to embrace your ugliness.

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  • 31 January 2013 03:10, by Kenyang

    Some areas in Lake State are going out of hand each day, may be a militant like this man, Maj. Gen. Matur will cut all these unrests to chest. Remember he hasn’t done anything wrong as of now but making himself clear that he wants peace. We all want peace.

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  • 31 January 2013 03:53, by marie

    I am surprised to hear this man warning the parliamentarians from debating politics in parliament which is the reason for the parliament. You better familiarize yourself with the constitution of the state Mr. governor before uttering your own words. I am sure the guy is not even aware that he is a governor not a military commander.

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  • 31 January 2013 05:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I congratulate the state emergency governor for his maiden speech of warning all government features of involving into inter-clan troubles. Commissioners they just sit in office eating some small reveneus, county fund and those cow which being are raided some commissioners have share on that criminal activaties.

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    • 31 January 2013 16:28, by Alier42

      @ Lam
      You are a dictator too.you are on the idea that people have to move away from democratic governance to dictatorship.yes people of Lake state have no options because it had been clearly declared that Lake state will be a zone no politic,
      i am afraid the people of lake state are victim of their own making.

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  • 31 January 2013 06:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I welcome state emergency governor speech for two major things:
    1. Sitting under tree making round table besides tea to fuel up crime against state resident. Thanks you governor!
    2. Lakes state parliament of now adays, they don’t debate for the state progress, no, they just debates for committee they have formed to get money and put in dividual pocket. AND EXTRA NO THREE
    3. Primary parliament

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    • 31 January 2013 06:47, by Majongdit

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam,
      Please improve on your English so that we are able to understand you. You are either not in the news or you aspire to be a legislator, otherwise it’s known even by President Kiir that Lakes Assembly is among the three brave assemblies in the South. In 2012 alone, this assembly dismissed 2 ministers, rejected Budget, turned down bills that were quite fishy and reviewed the COB.

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      • 31 January 2013 16:45, by Alier42

        @ Majongdit
        You are two faces of the same coin.you have to check on your own writings too.otherwise if you are an educationist,you need to mine your business in it,s applicable context.

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        • 31 January 2013 17:40, by Majongdit

          @ Alier 42,
          I am never and shall never be double faced. I welcome the appointment of Matur Chut but I don’t entertain the threats of closing down the assembly for no reason. I’m against people who accuse Matur on the ground that he killed Nuer. Both my uncles were killed on the same day by Riek. Now am uncleless and I dont complain. The Assembly should not be mixed up in these issues and be abuse

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    • 31 January 2013 06:54, by Majongdit

      What do you mean by ’Primary Parliament’? It is either you are still in a Primary School or probably, you just bumped on the word you didnt understand. Primary means ’first’ and so we can interpret all you say is ’First Parliament’. Is Lakes Assembly a Primary Assembly? Now answer me afresh!

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    • 31 January 2013 07:06, by Nuer Empire

      Illitrate caretaker governor:MPs in every country are elected to make poletical debates!Why do you opt to deter people from the poletic? For me he has to rule only SPLA where he hails from.He is an irony man for people of Lake State in particular and South Sudan in general.He tribalist and Lake State Amin Dada!!
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 31 January 2013 09:37, by Turism

        Nuer empire,
        If you mind illitaracy in s. south sudan, you find yourself in mess because it start from your house upto the top, who do you think is better than who since pple comes and go. don’t care of his illiterate but care what is doing naw.

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    • 31 January 2013 12:17, by Dukdal

      We are being punish by unfit president to sent us an illiterate man who can not even prononce " I" Matur.
      If Chol was sacked because of clashed, why is Salva Kiir still the president when the whole Country is insecure? This is just because of negative gossips of Riek Machar-Chol Tong allies yet the coward president didn’t relieved VP.

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  • 31 January 2013 07:04, by Majongdit

    It is only the President of South Sudan that has the constitutional mandate to dissolve the Assembly on the following grounds:
    1. enacting a legislation that threaten National Security
    2. enacting law that violates territorial integrity
    No assembly has administrative and executive powers to control clan fights.

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    • 31 January 2013 07:35, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      understanding is not universe.
      you are out of my inbox
      one thing i want to tell you uuderstanding of English is complex better to challenge your mind, not my English i expressed. PRIMARY PARLIAMENT: mean mirco groups of people who are gathered under trees and impeach government for its activities and they are not really from state Assembly.

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      • 31 January 2013 08:42, by bakuluk

        I thinking Matur and his boss trying to messing up Lake State for good,but some screeching needed every now and then.if you wish to stick your head in the sand for it. I for one want to know the Spla what they up to.because I’m more worried about those who called themselves Spla important people.than about some miscellaneous clan fight.

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      • 31 January 2013 08:51, by Majongdit

        Ayuiu Makuac Lam,
        Now I understand. Another I heard about what they called ’Open Parliament’.

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  • 31 January 2013 08:00, by master

    funny governor
    i hope to be kiir’s successor

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  • 31 January 2013 08:07, by Mapuor

    Dear brothers
    Lets not be judgmental,lets support Gen Matur Chuot efforts to bring peace and harmony to the part of our motherland.Under South Sudan constitution,its legal to abolish any institution that does not live to its mandate.

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    • 31 January 2013 08:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Lakes state politicain don’t support state stablitity. they support corruption, nepotism tribles clashes making state demoted from progress. Let’s leave Mj. Gen. Matur to continue himself with his security formula.

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    • 31 January 2013 08:31, by EES Kingmaker

      Governor Matur Chut,
      Lakes State needs such a tough message at least this time. You can’t call yourseleves as members of one state in midst of nasty orgy killings and cattle raiding. It is true MPs are partly the cause of that mayhem. Also,remember your people rank the number one in notoriety. Please discipline them well with iron fist until peace, security, calm and order is restored there.

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    • 31 January 2013 08:44, by Majongdit

      I am happy with your soft tone and how you convincingly put forth your views. You are right again that there is a constitutional provision on dissolution of an institution like an assembly, but on condition that it legislations are either a threat to national security or territorial integrity. The mandates of the assembly are: legislate laws, oversight duty and P’pl Rep, not disarm clans

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  • 31 January 2013 08:12, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    I’m quite sure Major general Matur chut will improve security situation in lake state, yesterday one killer was captured and more are being search within state territory, secondly all cattle’s were removed from disputed grassland, thirdly security agents are deployed all around Rumbek central county to stop killing at night. No major security incidents have been reported for the las

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  • 31 January 2013 08:19, by Bol Pur

    My dear people who love people of Lakes state, I welcome all your comments, but I would like to remind you that the Caretaker Governor is to bring stability in the state. He is not dissolving parliament but reminding them to focus on state affairs and people’s issues. If he doesn’t do so he will failed. As long the elected governor has been removed that means in Lakes state any elected person

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  • 31 January 2013 08:21, by Alfredo christiani

    Cont. the last 72 hours. Congratulation Major General Matur, Pls keep it up, to hell with those who hate Matur chut for unfounded reports of various clashes in Rumbek East county . Alfredo Christiani true member of the SPLM/A

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  • 31 January 2013 08:24, by Bol Pur

    Can be removed too. You know Gen. Wanted to rescue lives and by doing so people will listen to him. I understand sometimes people need hard rules to make them comply with law. Anyway, democracy is good but when people respect rule of law. I beg those who are misquoting Gen. Caretaker governor to refrain from doing so and let him start first. Wait and see before negatively commenting.

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    • 31 January 2013 09:32, by Lotodo Awino Odug


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  • 31 January 2013 09:31, by Turism

    Dear gen.
    Your coming to lakes state doesn’t mean the arrogance of south suanese but to see how you can temper with lakes state people, show them difference btn you and the former governor who left recently than increasing accusation on the parliamentarians.(MPS)

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  • 31 January 2013 12:44, by New Government

    MR Governor.
    That is good move, you have got the root cause of every problems that happen in lakes which elected parliament are silence over it and only waiting for their salary.
    The people of lakes state wish the speeches you have aired out should be put in action and don’t listen to political advices and work for the interest of the community rather than politicians.

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  • 31 January 2013 14:48, by Truth Teller

    Matur is good to be Army Commander and not Political Administrator. What a big mess! Matur does not know Insitutions of government. How will he rule lakes State? God is witness

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  • 31 January 2013 18:11, by master

    this crezy guy with bush mentilty will fuck you all and then fuck his self

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    • 31 January 2013 19:38, by Nuer Empire

      aw,the military man ’s hands are full of bloods and irons

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      • 1 February 2013 04:28, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

        Why do people say his hand is full of blood when the blood is not yet seen?. You people are talking about something which lack evidence, after all, Matur Chut has never been a nyegat !

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        • 1 February 2013 04:29, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

          Kurnyel, don’t mess up here my friend, when your Nuer militia attacked Akoth, Marial-bek and Adol cattlecamps 1992 – 1998 was that your choice mr Galuak?. You the Nuer were the cause of destabilisation in South Sudan if we go into details. Maturdit has just defended Lakes state people in their own home land; get off your bias from here!

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  • 1 February 2013 06:23, by Gen.Quack

    Good move comrade matur, their failure must dismise them and parliament must be shut down to improve state security, otherwise i must fill lake state with my strong forces. D21

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    • 1 February 2013 07:47, by Akook

      Seeing fools dancing for things they do not know consequences of doing! Shutting down parliament for what? After the shameful historic removal of elected gov from this state only among the ten, shows pple here are animals. When in fact pple are dying in other states than Lakes n nthn like it happened

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      • 1 February 2013 07:53, by Akook

        This state has been embarrassed at the national stage, fools think it is Chol Tong!
        Killing is rampant in Jonglei, Wstn Bar el ghazal & Warrap than here in Lakes.
        On top giving us someone who can not write his names, is to the height of people’s embarrassment ever happen in Lakes state. Will he attract any single investor if not, this was an intended humiliation by pres Kiir

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