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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

South Sudan bans singing of anthem in Kiir's absence

South Sudan’s information minister
Michael Makuei said on Monday that the country’s cabinet had banned anyone from singing the national anthem unless
the president is present.
Makuei told AFP that different leaders
and institutions were playing the anthem
at whim, which was an abuse of the
national tune, written shortly before
independence in 2011.
“For the information of everybody the
national anthem is only meant for the
president, in a function only attended by
the president, not for everybody,” Makuei
said.
“ These are orders and of
course when you disobey the
orders of the president then
you carry your cross. ”
“We are seeing now even a minister,
undersecretary, even governor or state
minister, whenever there is a function the
national anthem is sung.”
He said president Salva Kiir’s order was
passed during a cabinet meeting on
Friday.
Makuei said that with the exception of
South Sudan’s embassies, which
represent the president, and schools
where children are taught the anthem, no
one was allowed to sing the song in
Kiir’s absence.
New orders for military officers
The minister said that military leaders
have also been banned from addressing
the public when in uniform.
He did not give details on what the
punishment would be if the orders are not
followed.

“These are orders and of course when
you disobey the orders of the president
then you carry your cross,” Makuei said.

Source: africanews.com

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