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Lakes is one of the 10 states of the Republic of South Sudan. Rumbek is the capital of Lakes. With an area of 40,235 km², Lakes is in the Bahr el Ghazal region of the country. [[Ramciel] in Lakes is considered to be the next national capital.



  • Governor - Chol Tong Mayay
  • Minister of Finance, Trade and Industry - Pur Chienggan Dakbai
  • Minister for Health - Dr. Samuel Mayek Deng

Parliament of Lakes

Speaker: John Marik Makur


The Lakes state is divided into 8 counties. Each county is headed by a County Commissioner. The Counties are further divided into Payams and then Bomas.

S.No County Commissioner Former Commissioners
1. Rambek Central Matur Majok Magol Abraham Makoi Bol Kodi
2. Rambek East David Marial Gumke Mabor Mayen Wol, Cirilo Majok Mading
3. Rumbek North Isaac Mayek Noah John Beliu Awol (Suspended)
4. Wulu Gideon Chilur
5. Aweriar Simon Aguto Kok
6. Cueibet Isaac Mayom Malek Kongor Deng Kongor
7. Yirol West Diardit Bol
8. Yirol East Bullen Bol Achinbai Athian Majak Malou


February 11, 2011: 12 people were found dead in the forest of Titagau payam of Yirol East county. As per the Yirol East commissioner Bullen Bol Achinbai, the deaths are a result of fire. There were two soldiers, four pastoralists and six women among the dead. Governor Chol Mayay said, “it is very unfortunate for Lakes state government to lose such strong soldiers and civilians.”

July 28, 2011: Lakes Governor Chol Tong Mayay says he will sue Egyptian-based independent media outlet Al Shuruk television for its December 2010 report which said that the Governor embezzled US$27m and wired it directly to Kenya.

July 20, 2011: Lakes State Deputy Governor, Mr Daniel Ayual Makoi said that the State has declared a three-day mourning period following the sudden death of Bishop Caesar Mazzolari of Rumbek.

July 16, 2011: Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek while celebrating Mass. The 74-year-old Italian Comboni missionary had been working in South Sudan since 1981, enduring the nation’s 1983-2005 civil war. He even risked his own life many times for the nation. At one point, he was kidnapped by rebel fighters and kept in 24 hours. He was named Bishop of Rumbek in 1999. On July 9, he presided over the official opening prayer during the Independence Day celebration at Freedom Square in Rumbek, which made South Sudan the newest nation of Africa. |}


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