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Lakes governor ignores pleas of students to restore allowances


January 20, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Over hundred students who are studying at various universities in East Africa have launched a fresh complaint to South Sudan’s central government accusing Lakes State military caretaker Governor of undermining promises of education funding made during the 2010 elections.

The union of Lakes state students says that 101 of the 474 students from Lakes state who are studying abroad with government support have not received their allowances since they were suspended in December.

A student spokesperson, who did not want to be named for fear of retribution, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the central government in Juba should quickly intervene in the dispute between the students and Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol, who was installed as caretaker governor of Lakes state a year ago.

Lakes state has lost its "system of government" the statement said, adding that Dhoul’s leadership style could not even be compared to "military rule because some of the soldiers know [a] much better the system of leadership".

Governor Dhuol and his deputy Mabor Achol Kuer are doing more harm than good, according to the student spokesperson.

"Dhuol is interfering with the civil servants by chopping off their salary and terminating students’ contracts without any legal procedure" the union said.

During the 2010 general election the incumbent President Salva Kiir Mayardit promises to improve education in order to address South Sudan’s high illiteracy rates.

Under Chol Tong Mayay, the previous governor, Lakes State’s council of ministers approved 474 students, many of whom were civil servants, to study mainly in Uganda and Kenya.

However Governor Dhuol suspended all funds approved to pay for their studies.

"If you go to Lakes State by now, you will hear the cry of its citizens about the state leadership because they are lacking any proper system of government and/or with no directions. All the political appointees and parliamentarians are sidelined and have no any words for developmental issues for the citizens and the state as whole."

The spokesperson said accused Governor Dhuol of diverting the money into a private account. Students were having academic materials like lap-tops, books and mattresses detained by hostel wardens in Uganda and Kenya as payment for unpaid hostel fees.

When students attempted to address this with the Governor he threatened to arrest their delegation and told them to ask their parents or join the month-long rebellion against the government if they wanted more money.

Governor Dhuol’s comments "insulted us" the union’s spokesperson said, asking "what is the connection between us asking money and rebels".

Lakes state government maintained its silence over the accusations when contacted by Sudan Tribune on Monday.


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  • 21 January 2014 05:57, by omoni jr.

    what a heartless primitive governor and his thugs!!!!
    threaten to arrest the delegate???
    "ask your parents or join rebellion so that you can get enough money"? hahahhahahahahah,

    • 21 January 2014 06:16, by Akook

      Military Governor Matur Chut had never in his life set foot in the class room. How would anyone thinks, he will support or promote education? With those words, no doubt he is nursing a serious youth led rebellion in Lakes state. Yes why wouldn’t fight if they are not allowed education? We fought Kartoum due to those reasons, why can’t anyone think illiterate Matur cuot will soon be fought as well?

      • 21 January 2014 07:20, by Amantiel Kem

        The rebellion has become an opportunity for the illiterate caretaker governor and his rate collector Mabor Achol to loot Lakes State resources and the president doesn’t know that. It will be a heavy load for RSS gov’t if youth of Lakes state accept what Matur is forcing them to do. I don’t blame so much b’se he is imitating what Kiir told people of Lakes that time if anybody doesn’t want Matur,

        • 21 January 2014 07:27, by Amantiel Kem

          Then find your own way out of Lakes State and said it earlier that if anybody is not happy with the way he running the state then, take up arms and fight because that Is how he did during old Sudan regime. It is not a surprise now to citizens of Lake state. The current crisis now looks like a Nuer issue but to be sincere it will not be like that in the long run for example, Kiir is looking for

          • 21 January 2014 07:35, by Amantiel Kem

            Foreign troops to help quell down the rebellion of a tribe according to his assumption. He needs his private time to think careful whether he really have a support of his tribe as he assumes or not. If he realizes that he doesn’t as a matter of fact then he has to think twice. His lack of support from many is attributed to his lack of respect to rule of laws and constitution as such things are now

            • 21 January 2014 07:43, by Amantiel Kem

              Happening to people of Lakes State. Who can support someone who doesn’t give you your right? Who can support someone who violates supreme laws of the nation? For Kiir to get our support as people of Lakes state, then we have to be allowed to elect our own governor as soon as possible.

        • 21 January 2014 12:00, by Bungachier 50

          We only depend Kiir based on the saying in Dinka that"Amal macharde"which means, even if the Lamb is Black, it belongs to its mother".
          Kiir has totally failed, government of accommodation and pleasing. Cabinets who don’t have Vision and Mission for their Country and the Citizens. Government who always think of how much to steal, when,where, How and when? Let me just Contain my angry guys!....

      • 21 January 2014 11:49, by Bungachier 50

        Mr. AkooK! the reporter is bias my brother, mark my words. Some of the stupid directors have been stealing the Public money in the neighboring Lakes state in the names of students, putting the names of their wives, sons and daughters on the Government’s pay sheet, claiming that they are in schools. That was what Matur wanted to screen out. The idiots are misinterpreting it on this website.

    • 21 January 2014 11:42, by Bungachier 50

      The reporter is an "IDIOT" or he is depending on the hear say. The 474 whose salaries were suspended were "NOT" only students. Civil workers made about 70% of the above cited employees. ST. is a liar. I have some of my colleagues in Rumbek whose salaries were suspended and they are not students.

  • 21 January 2014 09:25, by wen yar

    You people,don’t blame him (the governor) he has two things in his mind.
    1.He has never step his ugly foot in to a class room with his fools followers who tried to learn but fail for academic issues.
    2. he can not sustain more than 100 children unless he make corruption like now.
    My fellow students, try some where becoz this fool will never change his big head

  • 22 January 2014 02:08, by Tango Alpha

    I think this couldn’t be true because there is no need for governor Chut to refused fund if that was agree by the state government before.I think some of this allegation are fabricated somewhere because you folks know pretty well that people of Lake State does not need governor Matur Chut from day one.However, the students union is not clear from this accusation.

  • 22 January 2014 02:42, by Tango Alpha

    Once a gain, it’s me Tango Alpha. I would wanted to tell the readers or you folks that there is nothing good to my own folks of Lake State particularly Agaar people,because if you look at the history of all Lake State governors beginning from Paul Mayom Akec, Daniel Awet Akot, Chol Tong and now Matur Chut, you could find that there are too many complaint and so i really don’t know what is wrong.

    • 22 January 2014 13:50, by Akook

      Why were they not complaining during Telar Ring period? Why? Can anyone some one who had never studied himself will promote education? Bcoz he just can’t understand the goodness there due to lack of experience

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