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S. Sudan governor faints after brother killed in clashes with rebels


April 11, 2017 (JUBA) – The Governor of South Sudan’s Western Lakes, Major General Matur Chut Dhuol on Sunday fainted upon learning about the death of his younger brother, Abraham Bol Chut Dhuol who died in clashes that occurred in Wau state.

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

This happened after the clashes that occurred between South Sudan army and rebels in the country’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region.

Bol, who was the head of military logistics at the headquarters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Wau, was killed on Sunday evening along with the chief of military operations. This took place while they were returning to the town from an operation in a convoy in which the division commander and his deputy also travelled.

The officers had gone outside the town to deliver military supplies and command operations against forces of armed opposition loyal to ex-First Vice President, Riek Machar.

In interviews with Sudan Tribune, relatives and officials in Western Lakes said that Governor Dhuol fainted upon learning the news of the death of his younger brother.

“The death of Bol Chut shocked not only the family but entire Agar community. It is sad, very sad and because of the attachment and the love he (Matur) has for him (Bol) as an elder brother and commander at the same time, Matur could not stand the news. He fainted. The death has indeed shaken him and the entire family because it was not long ago the same family lost their own brother, who was the chief of their area. Now Bol has just gone in such barbaric manner,” said a minister in the administration of Governor Dhuol to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The death of the two military officers sparked tension and skirmishes in Wau, resulting in the death of dozens of people after the fighting spread to Wau on Monday morning.

Several eyewitnesses reported that government-aligned militia avenged anger and started targeting local residents based on their ethnicity in Wau’s residential areas.

The violence started on Sunday after an ambush of government forces near Wau, where the two senior army generals were killed. Reports from Wau indicated that the death toll was more than 16 civilians after the militia backed by government soldiers stormed the town on Monday.

Heavy gunfire continued to be heard in Wau on Tuesday as many civilians deserted the town. Civilians fleeing the town say armed tribal militia from President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe backed by the SPLA, attacking civilian settlements in the town, moving from house to house killing anyone they beloved was an opposition supporter.


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  • 12 April 2017 06:50, by Eastern

    No. Those were not SPLA-IO rebels; those were BANDITS. Fight on; you will clear the rebels. Death is painful Major General Matur Chut Dhuol.....

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    • 12 April 2017 20:13, by Force 1


      The death toll is raising now; guess which side is it?

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    • 13 April 2017 14:37, by Midit Mitot

      If this useless war would have been targeting only those generals, the war should have stop since 2013.

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  • 12 April 2017 07:36, by Mike Mike

    The death of that young officer Bol Chut was too bad and a shaken shock news that had occurred at wrong time and we have really condemned it into the strong term possible. people of SS are now on dialogue process what did those rebels wants again since people are now approaching to the light of peace initiative for the stability to prevail?.

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    • 12 April 2017 08:15, by Eastern

      Mike Mike,

      Death is always UNTIMELY!!! Those who choose to wage war die by the same tools/equipment in their custodies.....Today over a million South Sudanese are displaced just becuase some people think Kiir is RIGHT and Machar is WRONG! Let’s face the situation as it unfolds!!!

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    • 12 April 2017 09:33, by jubaone

      He who wants to be a good cook must bear the kitchen heat.

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      • 12 April 2017 20:11, by Force 1


        Have you heard that the death toll is raising? Guess which side is it raising from! Guess which side of the kitchen where the heat so intense?

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    • 12 April 2017 09:35, by Theallseeingeye

      Mike Mike stop manipulating the report. unless you are illiterate enough, you ll be able to understand this article
      "The officers had gone outside the town to deliver military supplies and command operations against forces of armed opposition loyal to ex-First Vice President, Riek Machar".

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    • 12 April 2017 12:32, by Wadjube

      Live by the sword, die by the sword. What, didi you expect this Gen. Spreading death,rapem and destruction to die of Malari, HIV or malnutrition?

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  • 12 April 2017 08:32, by Dengda

    This how other families and communities who lost loved one feel @ Mr. Governor, you need to know war is not good and peace is good, killing innocent lives to prevent Dr Machar to come into power is pathetic. The best option is give citizens right to judge through election, war broke out in 2013 because Kiir feared 2015 election and again in 2016 because of 2018 election.

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  • 12 April 2017 08:50, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    Do you mean that the killing of Non-Dinka tribes e.g Pertit,Balanda,Jurchol,and Bagari is not bad? n how many people in Rumbek killed by Matur Chut when he was a governor?Their death was not bad ?how did you feel shock becuase Bol Chut was killed?

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  • 12 April 2017 09:11, by Loch-ley Gajiok

    They celebrate when other innocent South Sudanese are being slaughtered and faint when their relatives are killed. Shame!

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  • 12 April 2017 09:26, by ayellopanyodo

    I really laugh at Mr Matur chut whom do you want to kill if not your brother it is good that it torched you it is next to Paul Malong Awan door

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  • 12 April 2017 09:59, by Kush Natives

    Major General Matur Chut,
    Please be strong! Last not least, I pay my full and great tribute to your beloved family! God give and take to all of us, no place called death. But, us as human. Therefore, Your beloved brother didn’t die in vain. His legacy and contribution will live forever and ever! Abraham Bol Chut Dhuol, we all love you including the sinners who took this order!

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  • 12 April 2017 12:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    They kill, maim and rape. To them is a joy. One dead and then they faint. Now I think they know death is painful after that dramatic faint. The fact is no one manufactures human life. Sticking to shallow leadership should not be a path to killing people!!

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  • 12 April 2017 13:17, by Wau Son

    I think people [the SPLA-IG, Mathiang Anyor and the assosiates] who kill innocent civilians in a drama to protect the constitution [Jieng Council and Dinka Kingdom] should learn a lesson from this. God who created the non-dinkas in this land is not foolish. If you think you are going to eliminate or push them to Central African Republic as some of you post on social media, that is a BIG MISTAKE.

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  • 12 April 2017 15:03, by Catch-22

    When any situation arises in disfavor of some people, it becomes an interesting news to some thugs, I believe it is not time to tease Governor Matur but to share him up in solidarity during his faint, more enough in our silence testimonies, but some are drumming up for this crisis, mind you my dear, all who believe to capitalize on this crisis that all these will amount to racial extermination, li

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