The Dirty Politics of the Governor of Lakes State, Matur

By: Johnson Makuac Makur, RUMBEK, SEPT/02/2014, SSN;

Upon the passing of a resolution by National Legislative Assembly to have him removed by the President, the Caretaker Governor of Lakes State, Matur Chuut Dhuol, has immediately launched a wave of scathing attacks on the Honorable House. In a bid to try to weave something out of nothing he also embarked on very dirty politics of deceit and trickery.

The way the Caretaker Governor is vigorously fighting back against the Assembly and the hoax games he is already applying to hold to position indicate that he is not only part of the security failure in Lakes State but he also justifies the overwhelming claim that he is a harsh, ruthless and dirty man.

The National Legislative Assembly passed the motion for his removal out of public concern. The motion to have him removed was authored by a Member of Parliament representing Rumbek Centre in the National Assembly.

So, it is imperative that proper research and grounds on moving the motion against him were evaluated before it was finally tabled before the Assembly.

Secondly, the same motion for his removal coincided with reports of the three Ministers for Defense, National Security and Interior who visited Lakes for fact findings. The three ministers are the people entrusted with the security affairs in the entire country. That their reports coincided with the debate of a motion in the Assembly is nobody’s but God’s making.

One of the key things about the reports of the three ministers is that the Caretaker Governor has completely lost the trust and confidence of people. He has allowed crimes to happen. He is not fair with himself, with God and with the people he rules.

It is a known fact even to the Governor himself that when he talks of disarmament the people of Lakes think of other things because they know under him there can never be any even and comprehensive disarmament.

Since the start of the conflicts within the Agaar community he has remained in the list of those accused of taking sides. People believe that it is not logic for the same guy who had a hand in the delivering of guns and ammunitions to be the one collecting them.

Does being a Governor change anything? It is a big No! If it happens with Matur then a leopard can change its spots.

Now it’s his close relatives and in-laws that run his government. So, where do people place their trust? “He is the same same Matur Chuut Dhuol” that is what the people believe.

He proves it every day that he is the same Gen. Matur Chuut that used to be a ruthless commander who paid no mercy at a sick soldier. He has poured insults everywhere. He has threatened everyone. And now he has gone back to what he does best – the dirty games of holding on a position at all useless cost.

Regardless of valuable advice from the Country’s President Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit to stop all these vices, he blatantly and publicly responded in his face in the freedom square in Rumbek that he is not going to relinquish his habit of abuse and insults.

The biggest mistake he has now committed is when he ordered school children last week to come without school uniform to demonstrate on his behalf against the resolution of the National Assembly. According to me, such an act is an abuse to our children.

The young children are our future. They are innocent about politics. That they be brought out in a hot sun for free is a big abuse. If nothing is done about the use of children to wage wars then it will set a very bad precedence for everyone that shall rule Lakes State.

The Governor’s attempt to force the civil servants through the orders of his Minister of Public service failed since the people opted to lose their jobs than obey him. He had to turn to very young children to stage demonstrations under a threat that they may not be allowed to sit exams if they didn’t comply.

The Head teachers were threatened to rally the children or they face the sack. But most teachers and older students in secondary schools and upper primary refused to turn up. It was only small children who turned up against their will.

They marched on the orders of the Boss and presented a letter written by his own cabinet members to him. It was cheap and comical that a letter written in the Governor’s office goes to the children and presented again to the Governor.

It reminded us of Napoleon Bonaparte when he took the crown in his own hands and placed on his heard announcing himself the ‘Emperor’ of France. That is what they call politics in Lakes state.

By the end of the day the children went home hungry and the Governor with his entourage headed straight to Cedars Hotel for wines and barbecues.

As a leader the day you are removed is as important as the day you are appointed. Leaders are known at times of difficulties. The vibrancy with which the Caretaker Governor of Lakes fought the Assembly’s resolution portrayed his weak personality.

He abused the National Assembly in front of small children who would take no message back home. He forgot some of those children have their parents and grandparents in the same Assembly that he abused.

Lost like sheep in the wilderness, he fumbled and hurled abuse with no restraints. In doing so, he landed himself in another problem. By saying before his young audience that, “20,000 civilians were killed in December in Juba” I don’t know whether he was aware of the version he has supported.

If he knew what he was talking about then he should tell us if the civilians dying in Rumbek are a result of rebellion.

In the same week, he removed from office so many people including the State Secretary General, Mr. Chuut Nhom Lokou and Director General for the Ministry of Education. The two were appointed barely three months ago. The Director of National Security in the State whom he accused of sending the reports to the Minister of National Security has run to the city of Wau for his dear life.

Meanwhile, the Governor has sent a team of Ministers to Juba to go and plead with the President not to append his signature on the resolution passed by the National Assembly for his removal.

But the decision was made by the people through their elected representatives in the Assembly. Lakes State caucus meeting of members of three houses National Assembly, Council of States and State Assembly was held in Juba prior to the debate of the motion and it was unanimously resolved that the motion for the Governor’s removal must go through.

The writing is already on the board. People have made their decision. The choice is now with the President to either stand with the popular opinion of people or stand with one person, Matur Chuut. For us here on the ground in Lakes State our message is clear: Matur must Go!

Johnson Makuac Makur is a citizen of Lakes State working in Rumbek. He can be reached at or 0924164720


  1. Latjor Boy says:

    Kirr Kill 20,000 Civilian on 15 Dece 2013 in Juba, yet call himself presedent. You have right to maintain your position.
    Kirr will not Issue any decere regarding Dhuol removal.

  2. pitya lo tongun says:

    there is one thing that i failed to understand regarding you people of lake state, that’s insecurity nature of your state. even during the time of eng. chol tong. if am not mistaken, i think it was the same reason that let to the relieving of governor chol tong. the insecurity threats in lake state is not the making of either the government nor the governor of the state but rather the mentality of the people in the state. these people are just like camels they harvo old disputes in their hearts for long time in a course of making revenge in any time. so in such an environment you can’t expect peace and tranquility to prevail unless it’s govern by supernatural powers. most of the security threats of the lakes state are 100% internal security threats( clan to clan disputes or sometimes individual aggression), because in one way or the other lakes state is among those states which are not affected directly with the current crisis (rebellion) in the country.hence the only way to bring peace and tranquility in lakes state is only for the people of lake state to change their MENTALITY and BECOMING A LAW ABIDING CITIZENS. i think that will be the only thing for you guys to save yourselves from your ownselves but not this unnecessary or irregular changing of governors. what guarantee can you render if governor mature is relieve today then there will be peace and tranquility the next day?

    • Marial Mabor Turic says:

      Dear pitya,

      I believe you don;t know very well people of lakes state, they are among the most law abiding citizen in this country. Political leaders in lakes are always muddling with this insecurity. They have never shown their impartiality in dealing with this security situation. They are part and partial of the whole mess. If people entrusted with powers and authority don’t act as expected and allow the law to take it course, what would you expect from a lay man who think that Lakes is the whole world? They so call disarmament has been a song and it has never been effected. lakes ranked as one of the states with high rate of cattle rustling, remember, this cattle rustling is the cause and benchmark of so called revenge killing. Recall that, revenge killing came in after failure from government to settle and bring justice to the aggrieved party.

      • Johnson Makuac, says:

        Brother Marial,

        You are very right there. People of Lakes State are law abiding but the overall problem is that they lack good leadership. There has been no right Governor for Lakes for a long time now.

  3. cos says:

    Back on the frontline.Matur is finished.

  4. Marial Mabor Turic says:

    Hmmnn! “The biggest mistake he has now committed is when he ordered school children last week to come without school uniform to demonstrate on his behalf against the resolution of the National Assembly. According to me, such an act is an abuse to our children” A great statement there from you my brother, Johnson Makuac, this is not the first time for our governor to order innocent school children and majority of civil servants with little knowledge of state affairs to rally for his political interest. With him, Lakes State is going no where. Especially his uncontrollable mouth, he talks beyond reasonable levels, so, he is not fit to lead, except in a country where people are install regardless of their leadership traits.

  5. Choromke Jas says:

    I sympathize with your article. Very depressing affairs indeed. Early in 2005, when the SPLM/A were in town ratifying the peace agreement, the youth of Rumbek were attacking motorists, forcing them to pay parking fees even when they parked in front of their own houses! A motor accident at that time involving careless crossing of the road by the locals, resulted in the immediate lynching of the driver on the spot. Most of the drivers were of course foreigners and a number of them were killed in this way. It appears, the people of Lakes are a shade more aggressive than other Jeing. Having said this, Lakes represents the future for Jieng government. This is unadulterated Dinkocrats administration, pure and simple. Both the citizens and the administrators are aggressive, lawless and violent. Could this be the reason why Federalism is such a scary word for my Jieng compatriots? Kiir talks a lot about constitutionalism. Now, this is the test: The parliament has censored the Governor, who is in the office illegally, anyway. Why is he dithering? Remove the guy and save some of your tattered reputation.

  6. Johnson Makuac, a great piece my brother. Huuu. So Governor has a gut to chase away National Security Director for the state?? He is finished! Completely finished! This depicts that he is fighting the central government beginning with national assembly and now National Security members in the state as his enemies!
    Can someone somewhere come to rescue my maternal uncles suffering in the hand of fatigue Gen. Matur Chuut.

    I have had thought as nationalist to step aside on the onset of his elder brother slain. The other unfortunate turn of bad of things was when his very daughter murdered a woman from the rivaling group of Maleng-agok as reported by Sudan Tribune on 25th Aug. 2014. These two incidents would want a very far and impartial leader from far to take it head to head so that he/she is not accused of biased, but here Gen. Matur doesn’t see it that way.

    Thanks Johnson once again for this eye opening article of all events of Lakes state – in my maternal uncles land – the once great Agaar people.

  7. False Millionaire says:

    pitya lo tongun:

    I am pleased to manage this exchange with u my brother.You have disclosed the reality of the situation in lakes state to the extent no more drop is necessary to add.But I would just add some salt and piper for the taste that would make it clearer to consume beyond any doubt.I went to south sudan towards the end of 2012.There were no air flights to Wau.So I took a landcruiser from Juba to Wau via Rumbek and I returned by a landcruiser to Juba from Aweil via Wau,Rumbek and Yerol.Rumbek that I saw was not thesame Rumbek I had known when I was a child.The administrative buildings built by the english adiministration like Rumbek senior secondary school were standing as they had been.But their structures were degraded.The iron roof coverings were all rusted n looked red and decaying.The rest of the town was a collection of primitive mud brick wall huts covered with grass roofings.But ofcourse there was nothing very particular about that.Yerol,Tonj,Wau n Aweil bear thesame charecterstics.The ordinary people of Rumbek,at sun rise,ventured out from their homes to go about their daily business.Seeing some of them in the market places,the majority of them were under nurished,not well dressed n looked to be at the lowest state of human moral.Victims of poverty and economic hard times,it was none of my business to conclude.But I knew from my childhood that when one greeted agaar citizen,he responded so cheerfully and enthusiastically prolonging the salutation to include wanting to know about the news of your well being,that of your people and of your homeland in case you were a passing stranger before wishing you a safe return to your home.That was not the case now.Every greeting was replied either by a simple head nodding or by raising of a right hand.In fact people were so evasive to talk that some distanced themselves in unconcealed mannerism when I tried to approach some of them for some unharmful friendship chating that could have helped me understand the situation better.

    While in Wau,I was lucky to come across a childhood schoolmate from Rumbek who was with his nephew.His nephew having just come to Wau from Rumbek,he had participated in some killings there.Greeting each other,over coming our emotions out of the length of time we had spent without seeing each other,we set to chat openly n honestly.Discussing the situation in Rumbek,he made it clear that the citizens had been transformed into armed malitias with every malitia armed and maintained by the political groups to whom it is loyal.That if hostlities break up in the countryside between a clan against another clan,no say precisely,a malitia against another malitia,the political forces in towns hurry the supplies of food,arms n amunitions each to his corresponding malitias in the countryside.That lakes state security generals,students,intellectuals,scholars and all well respected citizens are involved in these tragic miscoducts.This is the reality of the unfortunate situation in lakes state.They have chosen to take their society into ignoble conditions of hell knowingly and are well decided to keep it there.It would not be a surprise if one sees them hunting themselves down in Juba and in foreign towns and cities abroad.Now for those of us who are not from lakes state,what power do we have to help them?None at all.

  8. Johnson Makuac says:

    Thank you all for your responses my friends. For us here in Lakes State, we are in darkness. Matur Chuut is leading this State like his own house. He has messed up everything and he is now the part of the problems of Lakes State, not a solution at all.

  9. Abraham Makur Mangok says:

    Thanks Johnson for speaking out! Agar people are known for greatness and can’t figure out where this uncouth person- Gen. came from. Perhaps, he was appointed for a purpose to disintegrate the great land and people of Agar so that those who did not have any space to execute their plans against us can do it without any hindrance.

    Matur, did a lot to portray their political agenda by executing the following plans:
    1. Suspension of the salaries for 474 students; this was in fact done to deny people of Rumbek any opportunity to have more educated young men in the labour market for only fear of competition with the sons and daughters of his masters.
    2. Destruction of political history of Agar politicians to prevent them from future politics.
    If we (Agar) are not careful, we shall be disintegrated to the last atom.

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