Lakes (state)

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Lakes
البحيرات
State
Rumbek cattle camp
Rumbek cattle camp
Flag of Lakes
Flag
Location in South Sudan.
Location in South Sudan.
Coordinates: 6°46′N 28°53′E / 6.767°N 28.883°E / 6.767; 28.883Coordinates: 6°46′N 28°53′E / 6.767°N 28.883°E / 6.767; 28.883
Country  South Sudan
Region Bahr el Ghazal
Capital Rumbek
Area
 • Total 43,595.08 km2 (16,832.15 sq mi)
Population (2008 census)
 • Total 695,730
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Lakes (al-Buhayrat) is one of the ten states of South Sudan. It has an area of 40,235 km². Rumbek is the capital of the state. Lakes is in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan, in addition to Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Warrap states. Bahr el Ghazal itself was a former province which was split from the Anglo-Egyptian mudiriyat, or province of Equatoria in 1948. The eastern border is the White Nile with Jonglei on the opposite bank. To the northeast lies Unity State. Other borders include Warrap State towards the northwest, Western Equatoria to the south and west, and Central Equatoria to the south.

As of July 2011, Ramciel in Lakes state is under consideration by the federal government as a site for a new national capital, which would replace Juba.[1]

Administration[edit]

Like all states in South Sudan, Lakes is divided into counties; there are eight counties, each headed by a County Commissioner.

County Area (km2) Population
Census 2008
County
Commissioner
Cueibet 4,823.56 47,041 Kongor Deng Kongor? (SPLM)
Rumbek North 4,531.13 43,410 Stephen Mathiang Deng
Rumbek Central 3,866.85 153,550 Abraham Meen Kuc (SPLM)
Wulu 11,700.60 40,550 Stephen Thiang Mangar
Rumbek East 3,588.10 122,832 David Marial Gumke (SPLM)
Yirol West 5,024.84 103,190 Majak Ruei Angong
Yirol East 5,400.90 1,167,402 Simon Majok Reech (SPLM In Opposition)
Awerial 4,659.10 47,041 Simon Aguto Kok (SPLM)

The counties are further divided into Payams, then Bomas.

Government[edit]

  • Caretaker govenor – Matur Chut Dhuol (SPLM)
  • Deputy Governor - Santo Mading Domic
  • Director General for Local Government and Traditional Authority - Samuel Mabor Kedit
  • Minister of Education - Dut Makoi (SPLM)
  • Minister of Finance and Economic Planning - Maker Dit(SPLM)
  • Director General for Finance and Administration - Kuol Ayulo Kuol
  • Minister of Health - Gumwel Nhom Abur.
  • Minister for Physical Infrastructure - Meen Kuc (SPLM)
  • Minister for Agriculture - Adet Majuong
  • Minister for Information, Communication, Culture, Youth and Sports - Mrs. Mariem Paul (SPLM)
  • Minister for Social Welfare - Mrs.Achol Aguek (USAP 2)
  • Minister for Public Service and Human Resources Development - Mr.Dhieu Wel Takpiny

County Commissioners[edit]

  • Rumbek Central - Mr.Maweet (SPLM)
  • Rumbek East - William Madong (SPLM) *Replaced Mabor Mayen Wuol and Cirilo Majok Mading, also from the SPLM.[2]
  • Rumbek North - Stephen Mathiang Deng[3]
  • Wulu - Stephen Thiang Mangar
  • Aweirial - Deng Abass (SPLM)
  • Cueibet - Mayom Malek (SPLM)
  • Yirol West - Majak Lueth Angong
  • Yirol East - Manyang Lueth Nyithou
  • Commissioner of Lakes state headquarter - Mangar Matoch (SPLM) replacing Athuc Michael and Benjamin Machiek (UDF)
  • Commissioner of Lakes state police headquarters - Mading Duor (SPLM)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christie, Sean (8 July 2011). "South Sudan brushes fear aside". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Lakes state suspends commissioner for torture