Salva Kiir Not Dead, South Sudanese Government Insists
South Sudan’s Information Minister has denied rumours that the country’s president has died.
On Tuesday, rumours began to circulate across social media that Salva Kiir had died following a brief spell of illness. However, Information Minister insisted the president remains in good health and active in his duties as normal.
Tension in Juba
The rumours come as residents grow weary of the growing military presence on the streets of South Sudan’s capital. Tensions are on the rise and locals are confused about what exactly is going on.
“We are scared of the situation. You cannot know what is exactly happening,” one resident of Juba told Al Jazeera.
The UN is also voicing concerns about the spread of unrest surrounding rumours of Kiir’s death. The inevitable power struggle that would follow the passing of South Sudan’s only president to date would put the conflict-ridden country in a dangerous position.
South Sudan denies all rumours
Aside from rumours of Kiir’s death, there has also been talk of a coup attempt against the president. Makuei also denied these rumours on Wednesday, along with speculation over insecurity in the capital.
“All these are wild rumours which are usually created in order to cause havoc and inculcate fear into the people in Juba, and people are advised to leave Juba claiming that the situation will worsen in Juba this time round,” he said in a press statement.
Makuei insists his government is in total control over security issues and that the country’s president is in fine health.