In South Sudan, the move to ban the singing of the national anthem at public events where the president is not in attendance has caused a “public outcry”, Juba’s Eye Radio reports.
On Monday, the station had quoted Information Minister Michael Makuei as saying that “the anthem is not meant for everybody”.
He was reportedly referring to instances where it had been sung at events attended by junior officials such as “under-secretaries and governors” to honour their presence.
But some have objected to the need for President Salva Kiir to be present and are sharing their anthem renditions on Twitter
It’s not clear if the information minister meant that it could not be sung at all, but some clearly feel that the national anthem belongs to everyone.”