African leaders will never cease to amaze us. President Salva Kiir has apparently banned anyone from singing South Sudan’s national anthem unless he is present.
During a media briefing, the country’s information minister Michael Makuei stated that the national anthem was only meant for the president. He further stated that one could only sing the national anthem whenever the president was around.
” For the information of everybody, the national anthem is only meant for the president, in a function attended by the president and not for everybody. We are seeing even a minister, a secretary, governor or state minister whenever there is a meeting or function, the national anthem is sung,” said Makuei.
He further stated that the directive was passed by president Kiir during a recent cabinet meeting.
The order also restricts military leaders from addressing members of the public while wearing their official uniforms.
The president’s order only spares schools where the national anthem is taught and the country’s embassies which indirectly represent the president.