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Lakes state gets new military caretaker governor


January 22, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has appointed Major General Matur Chut as caretaker governor of Lakes state, a day after removing governor Chol Tong Mayay, according to a presidential decree broadcast by South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Tuesday.

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

Kiir initially put deputy governor Mabor Achol Kuer temporarily in charge.

Chut was one of 35 top military officers removed from active military service and put on a reserve list “until they are reassigned” in a separate presidential decree on Monday.

The new governor’s appointment received mixed reactions in Lakes state, with some critics fearing he 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.


Three county executive chiefs in the South Sudan state were arrested on Sunday in connection with the recent inter-clan clashes in Rumbek central county, which led to the death of 25 people.

The chiefs were reportedly arrested on Mayay’s orders before he was relieved of his position on Monday.

Those arrested were chiefs from communities in Rumbek central, Rumbek east and Cueibet counties.

Mayay had reportedly instructed the state’s ministry of local government and law enforcement agency to investigate the circumstances surrounding the inter-clan violence.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune before he was sacked, the governor also warned his administration would deal with “inciters” and “mongers” of violence in the state.

“I warn inciters, rumour mongers and agitators to desist from such unacceptable behaviour, otherwise they will face [the] full force of the law,” he said.

At least two South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers and two police officers were among those killed while attempting to separate the groups engaged in the gun battle, leaving about 30 with gunshot wounds.

Lakes state’s information minister Charles Badiri Mayen told Sudan Tribune the 18 January incident occurred between Amothnhom and Panyon sections of the Dinka ethnic group over grazing land in a vast territory shared by the two communities.

The area, known as the toch, borders the Marial-Bek cattle camp, which is located about 15km north-east of Rumbek central county, he added.

Meanwhile, the security situation in Lakes state has reportedly normalised after well-equipped police and military forces were deployed to the area where the clashes occurred.

On 11 January, a cattle herding group in Cueibet county clashed with South Sudan’s army (SPLA), resulting in the death of seven soldiers and three civilians from neighbouring Warrap state.



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  • 23 January 2013 07:10, by Ajongtar

    Bravo Mr. Kiir,
    This is good move, @ Motur Chut Congratulation I believe that you will do the best in that state who helse poeple with litle IQ.
    SON OF KING Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    • 23 January 2013 07:35, by Ayom Ayom

      We don’t known why our president is too annoyed this year 2013, he is removing everyone in every position, what the intention behind the move?

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    • 23 January 2013 13:00, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Ajongtar,I believe the new caretaker governor is your close relative,since I know you Dinka and Nuer likes relatives because when they are holding post in the govt.

    • 24 January 2013 06:56, by Shadrack Chol Buoi

      Congratulations! Dear President Kiir, I’d like to congratulate you for the new Military caretaker governor Major Gen, Matur Chut you have appointed for Rumbek, Lakes state. May you continue for many years to give South Sudanese a platform that’s inclusive and truly professional in outlook? “Anyone who has stolen and eaten something which is not theirs should be made to vomit it up” We don’t kill

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  • 23 January 2013 07:23, by william

    To caretaker governor Matur chut, I had been advicing that this civil war traumatized community should not be governance by democratic system which moved away from death sentence to life imprisonment will not stop daily death in south. Better use jangle laws that who killed must be killed this the only thing to deter them from killing themseleves voluntarily.

  • 23 January 2013 07:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The appointement of Matur Chut is the helt to we the youth, those who have understanding look will become not victim. before CPA what happen then, during Matur jongle millitary law, we will be careful guys.

    • 23 January 2013 08:07, by Akook

      Matur Chut unless he changed will more likely sooner than Chol Tong be removed citing at best insecurity issue where he allied up with his kins & kiths..
      Matur Chut and Mayom Akec were the genesis of this endemic Agaar promoted ruthless killings during their respective rules. They fire-squad rival clan and stood to protect their uncles’ sons who murdered others not to be fire-squaded in retrospec

      • 23 January 2013 08:15, by Akook

        He will handle Rumbek central, but im pretty sure no one will give a damn about his justice formula whatsoever among Rumbek East peers unless the man to the surprise of many people has radically changed behaviors. I heard Kiir briefed him of his own scandals of the past when it comes to insecurity and Rumbek East in particular. No one fear him there and a likely hot potato to end his rule quick

        • 23 January 2013 08:40, by Maker Deng Nyang

          Dear Akook,
          Stop cursing! Angels are found in heaven not on earth. Our situation in Lakes State need military rule.His is not going to fight as your brain told you" No one fear him" if you have your people at heart, you can bring positive change. Be yourself and think of how to rebuild our communities.

        • 23 January 2013 08:52, by nuer food lovers

          matur Chut,manth tog ci pioj pan Agar(pakam) ee piel hood.the only educated son of pakam of Agar,he do deficate in the house,wearing sock in his foot.
          Kiir is really joking,replacing Eng.with a mapourdit primary 8 student,what a imbiecile move?,is it becozs he succesed a PHD holder Dr.Garang.pitty pakam be glad the atuol moukij is coming soon(madazi)

          • 23 January 2013 14:16, by wen yar

            you don’t talk nonsense you batter keep quiet son of bitch and am very sorry becoz educated person never frustrate

        • 23 January 2013 12:28, by John Gum

          Dear Colleagues who are crying of Chol removal,u will still get your salaries unless the looted money that u will not get.i really stand firm to president dismissal of incapable governor.tribalist can’t take time to lead.he will be going to do bussiness in Juba then enjoying in goverment chair while civillian killing themeselves like dogs.

        • 23 January 2013 14:08, by Bungachier 50

          Akook! you cool down please. Chol was not going to remain in power for life though. This State needs Military Ruler.
          Let us all joint hands and give the due support to H.E Matur Chut Dhuol. Mr. President! Congrats!!!!!.....Please.

  • 23 January 2013 14:03, by Makunon

    Briefing to Matur by Kiir ya Matur amci ukun ita karer hajat bi tah yomdak, dah bi kun aker makteb be nisbah leek.Go Matur but if you repeat what you were doing in the past, that will be the last office for you. Surely that is the briefing and that will be the last senior office to him for sure, no doubt that he will never change his mind. Change mean having learned from the past but for him BIG N

  • 23 January 2013 15:45, by Yic Aye Luel

    Major General Matur Chut Dhuol you are welcome but leave out three things:
    _first Anya-anyaism
    _second Gonyism
    _third Pan-Ajuongism.
    coming minus these three things you work without problem with people of Lakes state. the worst thing among the three is Pan-Ajuonging. if you come and Ajounginized the state simply you will fall into trouble.

  • 23 January 2013 16:38, by Young Patriot

    " No one fears Matur Cut in Rumbek East" particularly in Aliamtoch 1 section where he and Mayom Akec remain deeply unpopular for instigating sectional fights and favouring their kinsmen....He will be watched closely and if he repeats his old illiterate habits, you will see smoke in Rumbek East in a few days...Someone told me that the youths are already arming themselves on hearing his appointment

  • 23 January 2013 16:42, by Young Patriot

    I wonder what kind of Governor will represent Lakes State in the next Governors’ forum....will Matur send someone else on his behalf or will he use an interpreter because governors make presentation in English which is our official language...God save Lakes State!

  • 23 January 2013 17:06, by Yic Aye Luel

    young patriot.
    the matter of being illiterate is not a problem but to turn the state into Chun Dhuol’s enterprise is the big issue and that is the point we will fire him out. if he comes with nya-nya corruption, we will also oppose him seriously.but for the matter of being an uneducated to present lakes state in the governors’ forum doesn’t matter at this moment. someone can go on his behalf.

  • 23 January 2013 18:45, by James Maker Akok

    To all Lakes State People,
    Matur Chut father Chut Dhuol was not general Lakes State leader, he was Athuoi Leader that why he defended his community by any mean power but Matur Chut Dhuol governorship is for all Lakes State people as in South Sudan law saying that do the good jobs, peace, respect, and so on to State people and to all people in country.

    • 24 January 2013 01:41, by Twic

      I think! Mr president is joking ? How come ,He appointed uneducated person to the governorship , while the constitution of south sudan, does not allowing the diploma holder , to take the position of governorship , this is the violation of the constitution , we need explanation from the president ?

      • 24 January 2013 15:30, by James Maker Akok

        Some people with primary certificates are working in South Sudan Government offices, even some don’t have certificate are working there. Please what you talking about Governor Matur Chut Dhuol is out of point. The fighting happened in our Lakes State is making people worry because it’s a Headquarter for South Sudan and Headquarter must be clean from Gangers that why president did that.

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  • 26 January 2013 03:33, by Samuel Malual

    James Maker Akok.
    You are another opportunists who speak his minds without analysing the general situation or requiring the individuals records. Your uncle Matur Chut Dhoul like his friend Salva Kiir has never been to Rumbek Secondary School, a prestigous school back in 1960s-1980s. How could this uneducated governor managed Lakes State in term of governance?

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