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Mayom (2010). Telar Deng calls to review Dinka customary law

May 27, 2010 (RUMBEK) – The Caretaker- Governor of Lakes State, Telar Ring Deng has appealed to the
next elected Governor, Engineer Chol Tong Mayay, to initiate a traditional chief’s conference in greater Bahr-El-Ghazal to amend and Dinka customary law known as "Wath Aleel". Wath Aleel, a Dinka costmary law was established in 1999 in Wunlit. It imposes forceful marriage in the Dinka society and blood compensation in the form of cows. The law means "A gate of stone" and it only covers Bahr-El-Ghazal region in South Sudan. During Daniel Awet’s term as governor of Lakes State, one article was amended in the law by changing the number of cows paid by adulterers from 15 to 31 cows. . The compensation for killing someone was changed from 51 to 71 cows. However, others states such as Warrap in Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal and Western Bahr-El-Ghazal were not involved in amending this article.  Telar made his call in a speech delivered on Wednesday when he was sworn into the legislative assembly of Lakes
State Lawmakers. He noted that the "Assembly is charged with the responsibility to protect the community welfare, bring peace and unity to the people of this state.".....
Telar Ring Deng affirmed that he realizes that the law was amended, however, in respect to law-making processes,
and particularly a common law like “Wath Aleel” which covers the Dinka of Bhar El Ghazal, he urged
the new Governor of Lakes State and the Assembly to request that the governors and assemblies of Greater Bahr
El Ghazal and their chiefs hold a tribal chiefs’ Conference in order to make any amendments that are
deemed necessary.

Category: Anthropology and History, Legal

Sub-category: Socio-Cultural Groups and Practices


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