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S. Sudanese Civil society network condemn national anthem ban

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July 23, 2019 (KAMPALA) - The Network of South Sudan Civil Society Organizations in Uganda (NoSSCOU) has strongly condemned the recent ban on singing of the national anthem by President Salva Kiir.

Kiir addresses a news conference inside his office in the capital Juba September 12, 2013 (Reuters photo)

The directive was announced by South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei after the weekly cabinet meeting held on Friday last week.

Makuei, according to various media reports, argued that the country national anthem was being misused by mainly government officials.

NoSSCOU, in a statement, described the new directive as unrealistic.
“Both Savla Kiir and Michael Makuei Lueth can die today and tomorrow and therefore, South Sudan national anthem will remain forever and ever,” said NoSSCOU’s coordinator, Manyang Gatwech.

The anthem ban, he added, violates the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011, is not in public interests and abuses human rights.

“We therefore urge the government to withdraw this unrealistic decision made by the council of ministers immediately, in respect of civil interests and adherence to our constitutions that preserve the liberty and dignity,” said Gatwech.

SIMILAR CONCERNS

On Tuesday, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) issued a statement, saying it is disturbed by orders banning use of the national anthem by none other than the president.

“The national anthem is one of the indicators for citizens’ ownership of the national and affiliation to the nation. Schools students, Boy Scouts, girl guards and South Sudanese in front of foreigners in foreign events all can identify themselves with national anthem plus other occupation,” partly reads CEPO’s statement.

“Being proud of your nation is by owning or demonstrating affiliation by singing the anthem or publicly holding a national flag,” it adds.

CEPO has appealed to the office of the president to allow citizens to have free affiliation to the nation by owning the national anthem.

(ST)

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  • 24 July 2019 10:56, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Thank you, Sudan Tribune for job well done

    • 24 July 2019 11:01, by Midit Mitot

      South Sudan future is dead,

      The question is, what about 9 July and 30 July Marty days that should be celebrates every year from the states? will it not be celebrate these historical events because Kiir is not there? this is bullshit decision.

  • 24 July 2019 10:58, by Midit Mitot

    South Sudan future is dead, the question is, what about 9 July and 30 July Marty days that should be celebrates every year from the states? will it not be celebrate these historical events because Kiir is not there? this is bullshit decision.

  • 25 July 2019 06:11, by Joseph Canada

    Salva Kiir think the national Anthem is his bull song. A song to praise him!!
    No one is above the National Anthem in Any nation. National anthem is not a political song, but a Patriotic Song. It means the Song that is sang for the nation and the Heroes of that nation. The heroes include those who lose their lives during the struggle, those who Lose their lives serving others, including Enemies.

  • 25 July 2019 06:14, by Joseph Canada

    The War in South Sudan is smaller than National Anthem. The Parliament is Smaller than National Anthem. All Tribes of South Sudan is what the National Anthem represent be it an enemy of the other or not!Please Kiir think again.

  • 25 July 2019 08:54, by Mike Mike

    National Anthem are our symbol as South Sudanese they should not be prevented not to be sang on an official event or institutions like schools and National foot ball team. Of course, President has right to ban them from those who take bear in the bars and started to sing them, but schools and some other government institutions were not ban.



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