This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
The chiefs were allegedly arrested when they questioned the governor for making disparaging remarks about the area women. (READ: Three Rumbek Central County Chiefs Arrested)
MP David Kockedhie Puoudak demanded that the state government should immediately release the detained chiefs.
He said that the arrest was unlawful and a setback to state inter-clan relations in Rumbek Central County.
On Wednesday, parliament sitting was adjourned when MP were at odd on discussing security matters related to the arrests. (READ: Lakes Assembly Adjourned After Heated Exchange)
Kockedhie said that arrest of chiefs is a “violation of the constitution.”
He also added that creating prisons without approval from parliament and central government is an act for oppressive rule.
However, Abraham Meen Kuc, the Rumbek Central County Commissioner confirmed the arrests but denied that they were arrested because of the comments made during the meeting last week.
He said one chief was arrested for having not handing over a murder suspect and the other two arrests were related to administrative matters.
“Anything to do with Chiefs arrest is administrative issues and I think is a part and parcel of our duty as the government as well as traditional authority to discipline ourselves, we don’t arrest people who talk badly in a meeting,” Kuc said.
Langcok military prison is located at the northern part of Rumbek Central County.
It was set up in February this year by the Lakes State government but the authorities in Rumbek Central County of Lakes State on Wednesday resisted to release the three chiefs detained at Langcok.