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Matur Chut Dhuol

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2014/06/05 The caretaker governor of Lakes orders chiefs and county commissioners to recruit 800 youth per county into the SPLA, and recruit them by force if necessary. Snippet: The caretaker governor of Lakes orders chiefs and county commissioners....
2014/05/26 to 2014/05/28 A peace conference is held for Lakes state traditional leaders and county commissioners trying to stem inter-communal violence. But some chiefs boycott it and it breaks up early. Police complain that the public is trying to isolate the government by not co-operating in criminal investigations. It appears that participants agreed on an idea put forward by the acting Lakes governor, of internal borders supervised by tribal courts. But some observers consider this impractical and likely to engender more conflict. Snippet: A peace conference is held for Lakes state traditional leaders and cou....
2014/04/27 The acting governor of Lakes State, Matur Chut, urges youth to join the military, saying the country needs them for protection using the principle of 'an eye for an eye'. Snippet
2013 At least five chiefs are dismissed during 2013 by the acting governor of Lakes State, Matur Chut Dhuol. The main reason is failure to arrest suspects in inter-communal killings. But the chiefs say this is the job of police. Snippet
2014/03/13 Ann Itto, Acting SG of the SPLM, meets the Lakes acting governor and the SPLM state secretary, apparently to try to resolve conflicts between them and promote unity under President Kiir. Snippet
2014/03/04 SPLM officials in Lakes State boycott the swearing-in of the new state cabinet because they had not been informed of the reshuffle or been given a special invitation to the ceremony, which they consider their right. Snippet 1544
2014/02/28 Lakes State acting governor Matur reshuffles his cabinet, appointing some of his sharpest critics from the legislature. Snippet
2014/02/25 Notorious military prisons in Lakes State - Langcok and Ngatina/Ajakangau are closed down on orders of President Kiir, having been set up by the acting Lakes governor, Matur Dhuol, 13 months previously. Snippet
2014/02 Four Lakes state officials are suspended, apparently on orders from caretaker governor Dhuol, after allegedly organizing teachers' demonstrations against the state's stoppage of civil servant allowances. The governor says the allowances are only for the military, but others say they are due for all civil servants. Snippet
2014/01 Over a hundred students from Lakes State studying in East Africa complain because the Lakes State governor has stopped the allowances which in many cases they depended on. Snippet 1408
2013/10/08 The torture by lashing of 23 uncharged detainees, and various abuses in office by the commissioner of Yirol West County, are alleged in a press release from Yirol West Youth Union in Juba. This follows the incident at Yirol Boys Primary School on 27th September. The press release also argues that the legitimate work of the local MP, David Deng Athorbei, is being prevented by the commissioner and the acting state governor. Snippet
2013/10 36 members of the Lakes State assembly declare a 14-day strike (no participation in house business) in an attempt to remove the house speaker, who is accused of following too much the will of the caretaker governor (Matur Chut Dhuol) rather than the state constitution. Snippet
2013/10 The acting governor of Lakes State, Matur Chuot Dhuol, stops an inauguration ceremony for the officers of Lakes State University Students Union at the last minute. Snippet
2013/10 A screening finds that, out of 483 civil servants on the payroll of Lakes State, 74 were on medical leave, 134 on approved study leave, 29 had died in service, 79 had left the job. 124 names had been wrongly added to the payroll. The Lakes governor had stopped the salaries of those on medical leave, study leave, and secondment to NGOs, and now all salaries are suspended. Snippet
2013/10/02 The acting governor of Lakes State, Matur Chut Dhuol, swore in a new set of state ministers without the approval of the state assembly. An MP said this was illegal. Snippet
2013/03 to 2013/10 Lakes State government has been operating without a properly-approved budget, due to disagreement between the acting governor and the state parliament Snippet
2013/10/01 Lakes State acting governor, Matur Chut Dhuol, sacks David Mayom Riak as commissioner of Awerial County and replaces him with Andrew Ayueu Karo. Snippet
2013/09/30 The parliament of Lakes State re-opens after six months of recess. Under the constitution, recess should not be longer than three months. The delay was partly due to struggle over the position of speaker. On a recent visit to Lakes, President Kiir directed that the existing speaker should remain in office. The parliament was originally shut by acting governor Matur Chuol Dhuol. In re-opening it he said that security had improved but did not present evidence. Snippet
2013/09/30 The acting governor of Lakes State sacks his cabinet, shortly after a visit to the state by President Kiir. The number of ministries is to be reduced from 14 to 10 Snippet 1236
2013/03/21 The 60-day deadline apparently required in law is broken, for the holding of gubernatorial elections in Lakes State, following the sacking of Chol Tong Mayay as governor in January. The acting governor appointed by President Kiir - Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol - remains in place. Snippet
2013/09/27 to 2013/09/30 The Lakes State government apparently tries to stop a meeting being addressed by MP and former minister David Deng Athorbei. Deng returns to Juba, but there are then demonstrations and damage to the county commissioner's office, resulting in many arrests, of teachers and administrators as well as youth. Snippet 1234
2013/06 In June, Lakes State Governor, Matur Chut Dhuol, bans alcohol in the state in an effort to reduce fighting. However it takes away an income source for many, while producers with good connections are said to be able to sell it for consumption in big hotels. Snippet
2013/08/02 The caretaker governor of Lakes State, Matur Chut Dhuol, urges all civilians to surrender their weapons, and orders the army to shoot any armed civilian. (?in Rumbek East County?) Snippet
2013/08/02 Following the killing of two teachers, apparently in feuding involving the Pamany sub-section, the caretaker governor of Lakes State, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol orders the closure of all primary schools in Rumbek East County, and threatens chiefs with dismissal if they don't identify the likely culprits. Snippet
2013/02 The acting governor of Lakes State orders imprisonment of 50 members of Pamany and Pathoth, feuding sub-sections of Kok Dinka. They are held without charge. Snippet 1041
2013/02 Lakes State caretaker governor, Major General Matur Chut Dhuol, threatens to shut down the state parliament if it discusses ethnically-sensitive politics. He also says that human rights people will not have access to people arrested for recent inter-ethnic clashes. Snippet 609
2013/01/22 President Salva Kiir by decree sacks Chol Tong Mayay as Governor of Lakes State, and replaces him by a caretaker military governor, Major General Matur Chut Dhuol, after further inter-clan clashes between Amothnhom and Panyon sections of the Dinka cost 25 lives earlier in the month. Major General Matur's mandate is to restore peace and security. (Sudan Tribune, 5 February 2013) Snippet 608
Reference Mini-review
Juma Mabor Marial, 2014/05/11. Bibliography item: Juma Mabor Marial (2014/05/11) "The Genesis and Phenomenon of Intra-Clans’ Conflict and Revenge Attacks in Lakes State". (Article). South Sudan News Agency. [Article] South Sudan News Agency. Accessed online., Accessed online., Accessed online.

In this three-part article, totalling over six thousand words, Juma Mabor Marial suggests there is an innate tendency for clan feuding among the Galweng (cattle-herding youth), and blames leaders and educated elites for failing to curb it. He says it was limited more effectively during the war before 2005, due to the strength of relatively uninhibited military rule. But since then, although governors have had military backgrounds, the peacetime conditions did not allow them to impose force so easily, and they were not educated enough to find civil ways of governing.

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