Kiir’s national anthem ban ignites public outcry

South Sudanese flag (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

July 23rd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – President Salva Kiir’s ban of national anthem announced on Monday by information minister Michael Makuei has ignited a public outcry with the argument that the national song is not something that is for the president.

Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth told journalists in Juba on Monday that President Kiir has directed that the national anthem is not sang in his absence.

Aluel, a South Sudan citizen wonders why government officials are not banned from stealing public funds only for the president to ban the citizens from singing the national anthem.

“So the government officials are allowed to steal public funds and their act not banned and a proud citizen banned from singing the national anthem unless the president is there?!!! This is absolute nonsense,” Aluel wrote on her social media Twitter account.

Another Twitter user, Peter wrote: “In South Sudan, I remember watching the pride, hope and delirious joy in the competition to create the new national anthem that symbolized the dreams of the new nation… Now Kiir moves to ban singing anthem except in his presence.”

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