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Widows cry foul as Lakes state governor orders alcohol ban

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February 28, 2013 (RUMBEK) – The newly appointed governor of South Sudan’s Lakes state, Matur Chut Dhuol has banned the sale of alcohol; a move that will deprive citizens, mostly women of their daily income source.

A woman selling alcohol in Mabor Dhuang village, Lakes state February 26, 2013 (ST)
A woman selling alcohol in Mabor Dhuang village, Lakes state February 26, 2013 (ST)

In an order issued on Monday, Dhuol also instructed members of the security forces to arrest on sight anyone found drinking, either in town or in the cattle camps.

However, several women groups, mainly comprising those who lost their husbands during the long civil war with Sudan, have protested the governor’s decision to ban their alcohol brewing businesses in the state.

Rebecca Ayen, whose husband died in last year’s fight between South Sudan army (SPLA) and the northern army in the disputed border region of Heglig expressed dismay at the governor’s orders.

“I have four children and I use to sell alcohol so that I get some money to pay for their school fee and their clothes, I buy food and drug through this selling of alcohol. It is very difficult to get another source of income to help my children,” Ayen told Sudan Tribune.

The arrival of the new governor, she alleged, has worsened life in the state, citing the arbitrary arrest of youth by security forces and restrictions posed on people in the state.

Ever since his appointment a month ago, the new governor vowed to put in place a number of security reforms to restore peace and stability in Lakes, a region prone to conflicts and cattle raids.

Moses Ater, a member of the court in Rumbek, the Lakes states capital wondered under what law the governor imposed the ban on alcohol sale in the region.

He said, “Which law did he [governor] apply? Is it sharia law or any other law?”

Meanwhile, more than 10 people were on Sunday arrested inside Rumbek Central market, on suspicion of drinking alcohol. Reports, however, indicated that the Rumbek Central county commissioner, Abraham Mayen Kuc ordered for their arrest, a claim he denied.

“I did not give any order for arresting any person under [the] influence of alcohol and [at] the same-time, I will not tell you who gave order”, Kuc told Sudan Tribune.

The commissioner, however, said all these were efforts the state government was putting in place to combat all forms of insecurity in the region.

“We will not allow any chance for those who break the law”, he stressed.

In Rumbek East County, for instance, authorities have issued a ban on drinking of alcohol in social gatherings and ceremonies to curb the rising levels of insecurity in the area.

(ST)

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  • 1 March 2013 08:13, by Tong dut

    Good move,man.let them be like any respected people.

    • 1 March 2013 15:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      This women should be leveraged to do whatever except commercial sex to raise their kids.they live in town because of security and little services from bussiness men.if they are prohabited from brewing and selling beer,what do you expect them to do with no education and no husbands.those who drinks and start the fight are the problem,not the brewers.cowboys don’t drink in cattle camps.back in my

      • 1 March 2013 15:24, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        days,only married men with three to four kids were allowed to drink during ceremonies especially at the home environment or at any venues assigned by the hosts.

    • 1 March 2013 17:40, by Johndumo14

      Lakes state governor orders alcohol ban.
      The governor must go to hel,this is not saudi Arabia where people are ruled by sharia laws.
      African can and will not go without alcohol ,is a way of their lives,the governor must go tp school to lear how rule africa.

      • 1 March 2013 18:49, by James Maker Akok

        Johndumo14,
        LOL, hahahahaha Johndumo you making human being, animals, insects, and birds laughing at you. You will never get any living thing and non-living thing to buy your words.

      • 1 March 2013 19:47, by Bungachier 50

        Dear Johndumo 14,
        Brewing alcohol is not the only way these women can survive. Brewing alcohol is one of the expensive businesses, if they can afford this, why not buy food with that money.

  • 1 March 2013 08:16, by Bol Pur

    Much better to ban alcohol because youth from cattle camps drinks and cause problems. It is not sharia law but provisional order for security purpose. It is not all who drinks are ban but especially Youth. Another thing people are drinking 24/7, some don’t even go to offices because of drinking. There are hours of drinking not morning to to night throughout. I support that ban.

    • 1 March 2013 08:44, by Morthon Akol

      those people like Moses Ater they are the one encouraging the drinking of alcohol because they use to drink. if they ban alcohol they will not get a place to drink that why he try to as what Law the governor using.

      • 22 May 2013 14:14, by majok akol

        @.morthon akol don’t accuse someone of drinking alcohol. it is something normal to drink unless if you are stupid like your governor.or tell me that p’ple in lake state are they most stupid in s.sudan & that their level of stupidity increase if they drink.mangoth chuot is the only human being who lack natural sense of reasoning.ever since p’ple use to drink even be4 he was born.

  • 1 March 2013 08:28, by George Bol

    Fine and jail for those who heavily drink instead banning the alcohol in the State.

  • 1 March 2013 08:39, by wang

    Matur Chut Dhuol shouldn’t have banned those business women whose their reliable incomes come from selling alcohol. He should only impose restricted on drinking at public areas like markets, schools, and so on. His government already failed to helps those poor women whose their husbands gifted their lifes for sake of Southerners. Reverses your decision Mr. newly appointed governor of Lakes state o

  • 1 March 2013 08:39, by wang

    Reverses your decision Mr. newly appointed governor of Lakes state otherwise those widows will curse you for life.

  • 1 March 2013 09:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Ayen and Mose Ater are talking nonsense, there are politicain who are backing them opposing Matur decision. General Matur is right to keep it on with orders, whether it is lawful or out of the law let it go streingt without flexible.

  • 1 March 2013 09:11, by James Maker Akok

    People,
    I’m supporting Governor Matur Chut Dhuol for banning selling alcohol because the things causing criminal in communities should not be make to people to cause criminal in communities because our Southerns Sudanese people don’t control themselves when they drunk but they control themselves when they are in USA Laws, and in another Countries laws.

    • 1 March 2013 14:18, by Nuer Empire

      James Mangoth Akok.Are you going to employ those poor women if you ban them making alcohol?

      • 1 March 2013 15:03, by James Maker Akok

        Nuer empire,
        Will you wake up those people who are been killed through alcohol criminal?
        Those people should go for cleaning offices, restrooms, picking trashes in Towns for them to get money but our Southerns Sudanese people saying doing those jobs is a dirty but they do those jobs when they are in USA, and in another countries. That why no develop in S. Sudan because people ignoring the jobs.

    • 1 March 2013 15:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      JAMES Makeer,please tell your people,that drinking is not the cause of all the messes.drinking is part of life- enjoyment,it should be ban because of some hooligans who roams and sleep in the market,t stalls.let people who drinks responsibly have their freedom to do so,if it doesn’t impair their ability to performe their duties after soberiety.

    • 1 March 2013 15:36, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      JAMES Makeer,please tell your people,that drinking is not the cause of all the messes.drinking is part of life- enjoyment,it should be ban because of some hooligans who roams and sleep in the market,t stalls.let people who drinks responsibly have their freedom to do so,if it doesn’t impair their ability to performe their duties after soberiety.

      • 1 March 2013 16:11, by James Maker Akok

        Odug,
        Drinking alcohol, and doing any drug make people to do the things they don’t want to do when they were not in alcohol and in any drug. Go and read what alcohol saying and drugs what saying. Those people who promoting drinking alcohol and doing drugs is a good life are criminal mind people.
        Odug, what you preaching here is a criminal side.

  • 1 March 2013 09:47, by master

    i think it is better desision taken in all over south sudan so what you called it , it’s sharia low
    marisa main.enamy for south sudan

    • 1 March 2013 10:25, by Akook

      Tong, Ayuiu & James Maker, being paid to do the work of surrogacy for all the unthinkable blanket stuff, this new military man are imposing won’t help him loner enough.
      What society are we living, Arabs or what? Gen should tell us. You should control ur gov. staff by imposing no drinking and come to office order or relevant some hours. Than to just wake up and say hey no more in the state

      • 1 March 2013 15:26, by James Maker Akok

        Akook,
        I’m not in any political side I’m general South Sudan side who need good things to be in South Sudan but not killing each others.
        Check all my comments I been commenting on website you will not get what political side am I. Even person commented on me said I’m from Abyei while I’m not but he commented me back said to me sorry that I’m a general South Sudan good man.

  • 1 March 2013 10:42, by Costa

    This a is good decision. But something must be done to widows who lost their husbands in the recent fight, at least be backed to resort to other income alternatives that can sustain their living.

  • 1 March 2013 11:22, by Mading Makuac

    Congrats Mr.Governor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If all the work like you are,S.Sudan could have been a
    better place.welldone.

  • 1 March 2013 12:31, by kimo

    go ahead governor,alcohol accounts for many problems suffered by the society - in sharia laws,alcohol is prohibited for that very reason

  • 1 March 2013 13:01, by master

    widows
    where your husbans killed and who killed him
    mr kiir ordered SPLA to withdrow from higleg so the quation pose it self who killed these guys
    i think SPLM fighers in this forum can answer this quation
    lol
    gal withdrow gal

    • 1 March 2013 13:43, by Kurnyel

      This illiterate person called Mayang Mayom is worse than those who are causing insecurity in Lakes State. Believe me or not I disqualify Mayang Mayom from being self impose journalist to a intruder of Lakes State. Am not from your country but apart from Lakes State, there are other big problems in South Sudan than Lakes State yet people minimise them. I ague brother Manyang to artless go back to

    • 2 March 2013 02:51, by cbuongdit cholkua

      The same case that your mother lost your pagan father. That’s the reason why you are wedlock child

  • 1 March 2013 13:47, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Master
    You are too stupid who knew nothing about military strategies; in any war there must be casualties on both sides, whether you are defeated or undefeated. For your information, .in Khartoum side top military senior officers were killed by the SPLA force during Hegleg conflicts and SPLA destroyed oil pipeline. Plus countless heavy weapons and vehicles

    • 1 March 2013 16:32, by Northern Sudanese

      Alfredo christiani
      yes, but you make up lies! how many generals and soldiers of south sudan were finished? how many tanks did you lose? and i don’t think those number of weapons in the mini border camp are countless, how many of them managed to get to south sudan? in fact, how many of your own men managed to escape?

    • 1 March 2013 16:32, by Northern Sudanese

      Alfredo christiani
      yes, but you make up lies! how many generals and soldiers of south sudan were finished? how many tanks did you lose? and i don’t think those number of weapons in the mini border camp are countless, how many of them managed to get to south sudan? in fact, how many of your own men managed to escape?

  • 1 March 2013 14:02, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    The writer is instigating political opponents of major general Matur Chut to get advantage on banning of alcohols in lake state, but that’s the case, Matur needs to scare drunkards to mitigate drinking of alcohols in the state, he isn’t opposing sharia law, even in Khartoum where there is shara law, peoples are still drinking alcohols in polite manner not to extend of madness like o

  • 2 March 2013 06:37, by wulu selector

    Dear,
    Readers the reporter of this story is online reporting Mayang Mayom is base in jongelie state Bor and he is heart broken ever since Chol Tong was sack please Lakes state have very many media houses before you comment visit miraya fm,Good News Radio or catholic radio network,juba post and citizen the you compare with his writing this article lacks so many information please



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