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Senior SPLA officer and 11 civilians killed in separate murders in Yei


August 27, 2010 (JUBA) – A colonel in the southern army – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) - and eleven civilians were killed on Thursday in Yei town of Central Equatoria state in two separate incidents involving soldiers.

Military sources say Colonel Peter Gatkuoth Chol was shot dead by one of his soldiers, Lieutenant-Corporal Majur Philip Mathier, who was alleged to have been drug addict and who drank heavily.

Majur was previously disciplined for his behavior of frequently smoking cannabis, known locally as ‘bongo’. He was put to jail until recently when he was released. While attempts to reach the SPLA spokesman for clarifications failed, the anonymous military sources say after the soldier’s release he got hold of a gun and went to where the Colonel stayed during which he shot him at a close range while the Colonel was sitting and charting with some of his other colleagues. The assailant managed to escape from the scene.

Late Colonel Peter Gatkuoth was the army’s officer in charge of the SPLA Engineering Corps in Yei town.

In a separate incident later on Friday, , a soldier alleged to have been one of the GOSS presidential guards based in Yei town shot dead eleven people mostly women and children from the family of his former in-laws. The soldier who is only revealed to Sudan Tribune by his first name as Makuor massacred members of the family of the girl he was about to marry.

The sources alleged that Makuor was in serious argument with the family of the girl from the Kakwa community after he tried to renege on the agreement he had earlier reached with the girl’s parents that the girl would first complete the current academic year before could marry her.

After learning that his request to prematurely take the girl was turned down, he allegedly decided to later attack the family through the help of some of his friends who first tied their hands and then shot them.

Following the massacre of the civilians, the commander in charge of the SPLA forces in Yei County, Brigadier General Thok Chuol Luak, had reportedly appealed to the civil population in the town to remain calm and allow the authorities to investigate the matter and take necessary action.

A team of senior military officers including Lt. General Wilson Deng from the SPLA General Headquarters and the Commander of the Military Police in Southern Sudan, Brigadier General Stephen Buay Rolnyang, had been dispatched to Yei from Juba on Friday to calm the situation and bring the culprits to book.

The murderer of the 11 family members is reported to have been arrested while the culprit responsible for the death of the Colonel is said to have escaped and is being pursued by the law enforcement agencies.

Two years ago a senior army officer was murdered by another soldier at the SPLA General Headquarters in Juba during a dispute over ownership of piece of land.


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  • 28 August 2010 06:35, by Gatwech

    Oh, God,

    First to the civilians killed in that barbaric act. This should have been a happy inter-marriage between Dinka and Kakwa communities, but barbarically turned into blood shed.

    And to the killing of the Colonel, the SPLA should take action against all those drug adicts serving in the army. They either quit the army or follow the rules.

    May justice prevail on the culprits.

    May God console the familities of the victims.

    May their souls rest in eternal peace.


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    • 28 August 2010 06:48, by Luka Biong

      The Kakwa ladies should know that Dinkas are not gud people so the blame is on Kakwa ladies.


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      • 28 August 2010 07:15, by Ahmed Chol

        Makuor and his friends who helped him killed the family need to be hanged in a brought day light while the public is watching. These are the people who start inter-tribal conflicts in the south. Majur, the drug addict deserve the death penality too.

        Kakwa people should know that not all dinkas act like that.

        Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III

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      • 28 August 2010 07:25, by Joseph Makuer

        To Luka

        Please don’t blame the Dinka people, Makuor was just another stupid idiot who carried this operation out. Remember that, the man is also a drug addict. In dinka and nuer culture, we respect our parents in-law, I am sorry I don’t about other cultures within southern Sudan the way they treat their in-laws.

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        • 29 August 2010 02:51, by John M. Atem

          Joseph Makuer,
          I do not blame those people who are blaming Dinkas for the deaths of their innocent tribal people. Those stupid Dinkas should have known it better. Iam a Dinka by tribe, but I do not like what those stupid people did.

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      • 28 August 2010 09:06, by Dengtaath

        This is bad behaviour, why call your self LUKA BIONG? Don’t play with names of honourable people. doesn’t make sense to you.

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      • 28 August 2010 16:14, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

        To Mr. Luka Biong

        Get it right man, that man was a member of SPLA, an army of Southern Sudan. He wasn’t representative of a tribe!

        Wal Muoranyar Biet

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    • 28 August 2010 17:19, by John M. Atem

      Iam extremely saddened to hear such brutal and senseless killings of innocent and law-abiding civilians. The killings of innocent and law-abiding civilians by these naive, thoughless, and undisciplined solidiers should stop forthwith. These thoughless armed solidiers should be arrested, detained and punished for committing those horrific human attrocities.
      The people of Southern Sudan have had enough killings during our tedious liberation struggle. And we cannot afford new ones.
      Indeed, people are growing increasingly sick and tired of hearing of killings of innocent people. And they are truly exhausted by them.
      Fellow Citizens, let us stop preaching down-marktet, outlandish, and fabricated primitive stone age period politics that have reduced us into the lowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human being.
      Let us promote, encourage, and emphasis our unbreakable shared commonality and de-emphasis our long-standing political differences for the greater good of our ordinary people.
      Inconclusion, George Lukas once said," those who do not learn from the past, are doomed to fail". Therefore,I ardently urge the people of Southern Sudan to let us learn from our past historic political mistakes.
      And let embark on to build a strong, God-fearing and more moralistic corruption-free Christian commonwealth nation based on our foundational Judaeo-Christian values and principles.
      May we all learn and forget our past historic political mistakes. Let us live in peace, harmony, and meaningful coexistence.
      May the souls of these murdered innocent and law-abiding civilians rested in everlasting peace. Amen!!

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    • 28 August 2010 21:44, by James Nyol

      What a SHAME!! A GOSS Presidential guard killing innocent civilains for the reason that he was told a girl should finish her studies befor marriage. It has been six years since South Sudan has a government and yet Presidential guards are butchering civilians without impunity. What a SHAME on them and the institution there are representing!!

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  • 28 August 2010 06:59, by Dack Gatduel

    Condolence to the family of colonel Peter Gatluak Chol, and those eleven peopple murdered needlessly by the that SPLA presidential guard.
    Since SPLA forces took control of southern sudan , several similar incidents of soldiers murdering soldiers, soldiers murdering officers, and soldiers murdering civilians and even civilians attacking and killing SPLA soldiers occured repeatedly. there were incidents in Rumbek, Bilpam, and many others and now this two attacks in yei town this week.

    the problem is that there is no code of conduct, military rules and regulations, discipline, military courts. these random killings deprive us our best men in the military who supposedly protect us, those who guided us against our enemies.

    Although the SPLA is busy with ensuring security, cattle rustlers, militia of Athor and gatluak they must also protect themselves from wthin.

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    • 28 August 2010 07:26, by Michael Madit Magot

      Dear All,

      The SPLA veteran majur killed colonel Gatkuoth allegedly because of committing adultery with his closest relative’s wife.
      The reporter should have state clearly the cause of colonel Gatkuoth’s death which is squarely blamed on himself.
      The law should follow its course because Gatkuoth should have been taken to to answer adultery case in a court but not killed.
      Well it is said that majur did not had alcohol that day when the incident happen.

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  • 28 August 2010 07:36, by Malou Manyiel

    There is no excuses for this kind of acts that killed the colonel, and the other which killed innocent people. Action must be taken immediately to make sure that there is law and order in South Sudan. These two people should be silent when they are arrested. But there is one thing that people fail to understand, when such incident happened by an individual, it should not be taken as if the whole issue was plant by the tribe the men belong. people have different behaviors, sorts, minds and attitudes despite being from one tribe. Such incidents are obvious world wide and the blamed should not be based on the tribe. This is our big problems and least we stop it, otherwise we will not be considered by the world as educated people.
    Last year, a man just opened fire killing 14 people in Japan, when asked why did he do that, he said he is tired of life. Imagine, the issue was solved by law against him.

    May God rest souls of all those killed.

    John Malou Manyiel, in Khartoum

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    • 28 August 2010 18:34, by akujbur

      Michael Madit Magot,

      This is a wrong judgement to the situation my fellow citizen. How come you blamed it on the victim. Eventhough he had committed any kind of adultery as you cliamed, Majur shouldn’t have taken the law to his hand. It’s absolutly very stressful news, especially when things like that hapened from those who call themself the liberators. I think the future is gloomy for our people.

      Take care bro.

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    • 28 August 2010 18:38, by Alpha Yankee

      Those who killed innocent civilians should be brought to justice and the one who killed Colonel should be charge at the general court marshal, there is nothing to do with Dinka or Nuer’ this must be treated as an individual act,
      my sincere condolence to the families of those who parished on the incident’

      may their soul rest in peace’

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