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South Sudan regrets hoisting flag upside down in Egypt human error



January 11, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has regretted the hoisting upside down of her national flag during a visit of President Salva Kiir to Cairo, Egypt, attributing it to human error.

The national flag is usually hoisted in a way that places up the black side, which represents the people of South Sudan but this black colour was seen hoisted upside down during president Kiir’s arrival at the Egyptian airport and in other main streets through which the president and his entourage passed.

The upside down display was also in the background of the handshake of president Kiir and his host and was hoisted on a stand next to Egyptian flag.

A South Sudanese diplomat at the ministry of foreign affairs told Sudan Tribune when reached on Wednesday to comment on the matter that the hoisting was “a human error”.

Sincerely speaking, this was not a deliberate act on our side. It was a human error and we regret that the incident has caused inconveniences to our people, which is their right, because the flag is the symbol of the nation”, a top diplomat told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The official was reacting to protest by South Sudanese outraged by the incident in which some described it as disrespect of the country by displaying dozens of South Sudan flags upside down during the visit of president.

Eyewitness including South Sudanese in Egypt took to social media to express their anger; some described the incorrect display of the flag as a disgrace and demand the Egyptian authorities to issue an apology.

The Egyptians ambassador to South Sudan, Ayman El-Gammal is yet to comment.


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  • 11 January 2017 21:59, by Fair Man

    Bravo Egypt
    You can not owner someone killing its own citizens. The next move is to expel its Ambassador in Cairo to Juba so that these crooks make sense of peace. They have failed to demonstrate that they deserved a Country. They had it and destroyed it. The distorted flag conveys the disorganization and chaos in the country. It has a meaning. Do not think it was an error. It’s a sign of chaos.

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    • 12 January 2017 04:45, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      It’s a so minor mistake that we shouldn’t forget Egypt’s friendly support to South Sudan in many events including the recent UNSC various sanctions of S. Sudan. Egypt was among those against the UNSC’s targetted armed embargo on RSS. She deserves a full forgiveness.

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      • 12 January 2017 05:31, by jubaone

        Shadrack Nuer,
        These are feelings of a humble and submissive slave, who meekly accepts blame on himself just to appease his master. Is that jienge slave mentality or what? You want to forgive Egypt when you can’t forgive yourselves in SS? Anyway a slave is a slave even if he is free.

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    • 12 January 2017 04:54, by Joyuma John

      I do not reproach these innocent citizens in Egypt , blame should go to their employer, human error may occur on one flag but not on all flags hoisted in all the streets of the city,I believe there was something went wrong in Egypt about this. Salva kiir please all these things look micro but tomorrow shall appear macro, please look out carefully .

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    • 12 January 2017 06:52, by Akuma

      Fair Man,
      Both Egypt and South Sudan benefit from one another in all ways. However, the mistake was from Egyptian government but incompetent protocol officers in the Embassy of South Sudan in Cairo because some of them don’t know what represent them in Egypt. President Kiir has nothing to upside down of hoisting of National flag but blame will be on Foreign ministers who appointed incompetent

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    • 12 January 2017 07:49, by Midit Mitot

      Egyptian President has right to do that,
      Who is Salva Kiir by the way? how can you respect and honored some one who is always killing his own civilian? this was not a incident from Egyptians community, they did it intentionally.

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      • 12 January 2017 09:37, by Kush Natives

        Midit Mitot,

        Don’t be stupid enough! This flag do not represent Salva Kiir, it represent all of us. So, if you have no any argument or a case of ownership/ID on this national issue, then forget it! You’re near miss as well_______

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        • 12 January 2017 13:45, by Midit Mitot

          Mr. Kush Natives,
          You are too young and illiterate to debate with Mr. Midit, South Sudan flag was rising in Egypt since 2011 independent day, why Egyptian does not turn it up side down, and when Kirr went to Egypt such a incident had happened, if you have sense on this so call incident. sorry, your sense are not in place.

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  • 11 January 2017 22:17, by Jieng Nephew

    How much you and the rest that support Kiir’s gov’t learned out of this inflation incident?

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    • 12 January 2017 07:01, by Akuma

      Jieng Nephew,

      It’s just human error and that can’t make us to withdrawn our duly support to President Kiir and his government. It is upon South Sudanese people when to decide to withdrawn their support from him and that will be determine through election of new President

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      • 12 January 2017 08:40, by Tilo

        This can never be human error, How can it be error at the reception, street and the hole where the meeting was hosted. All this can not be human errors, we need to have the common sense here my brother. It is symbol that the current government is not recognized and we need to question the legitimate of our government. All of us [SS]have been insulted by the Egyptians period.

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        • 13 January 2017 12:46, by Maguto

          Dear Tito

          Am sure dear, that was a political error if they said it that way

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  • 12 January 2017 05:36, by Tilo

    Every time we say this government is not legitimate people denies it
    Now look at this disgrace to the entire nation,
    East African Country even doesn’t recognize the current government is just that they are business minded people and they are trading their rejected stock to South Sudan thus why they do not act and show that they do not recognize the government, otherwise government is illegitimat

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  • 12 January 2017 05:56, by dinkdong

    Wow, what an insult to South Sudan as a nation and a humiliating act to Salvar Kiir?! Besides an apology from Egyptians, Kiir should fire South Sudan ambassador to Egypt.

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  • 12 January 2017 07:37, by Hitler Alive

    Incompetency, Betrayal, lack of nationhood is killing South Sudan position on the international podium.
    It is unbelievable for all the pieces of flags hoisted along the street and at the reception to be upside down!
    Imagine, the first sight I always see when I visit foreign land is how they had spell my country, hoist my flag, wrote my name, draw my map, pictured me; such things are sign.
    Fire the

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  • 12 January 2017 07:48, by Padiet Deng Alony

    this is a fifth column work from within,nothing call human error on the symbol of the nation,those protocol officers need to be call back to South Sudan to be investigated

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  • 12 January 2017 09:22, by Kush Natives

    That’s what exactly happen, when traitors out numbered the loyalist, there’s nothing constitute human error here, totally nothing! This is a complete coup attempt. I will not even mention more to those who are trying to blame an Egyptian government, there’s non to do with an Egypt here folks, let us be honest. South Sudan flag has been out here since 1986. So, what’s up with human error?

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  • 12 January 2017 21:38, by Binen

    Thank to Egyptian government. They did intentionally and that is right. Who is kir to be respected when he doesn’t respect his own citizens instead he kills them. Shame on you when this big history of South Sudan came out through your hand and yet you are doing what even the homo erectus cannot do. You are curse and you will one day die shamefully and thank to those who disrespect you.

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