S. Sudan threatens internet shutdown over Kiir’s health rumour

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President Salva Kiir tours Juba streets accompanied with SPLA chief of
Staff Paul Malong, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and his
Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny on 12 October 2016 (Photo Jok Solomun

October 12, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan government said Wednesday that
it would be forced to disconnect social media and other online
mainstream media for circulating "false information" on the
president’s health status.

The information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth accused young South
Sudanese of “misusing” social media and that authorities will soon
take action.

“If these situation continues, don’t be surprised if we disconnect you
with the world (sic)," he told reporters in the capital, Juba.

South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir led a street procession on
Wednesday to dispel rumors of his ill health. Driving in an open
hardtop car, Kiir waved to supporters in the afternoon sunshine and
later told reporters that his life was in "the hand of that Person
(God) who created me."

The information minister said South Sudanese authorities would swift
off the internet and join neighboring Ethiopia in restricting
citizens’ liberties, days after the Horn of Africa nation declared a
state of emergency, limiting access to social media by the protesting
Oromo and Amhara activists.

"Ethiopia is moving [on as a country] but there is no connectively.
And if this situation continues, don’t be surprised if we disconnect
you (from) the world. We will act and some of these cyber will not
continue," said Lueth.

Rumors circulated on Facebook Tuesday that President Kiir had
allegedly died after illness, prompting denial from spokesperson,
Ateny Wek Ateny.

There was heavy of military personnel on Juba streets, sparking fears
of possible tension as shops and other businesses closed early on

"All these are very wild rumors created to inculcate fear in Juba,"
said Lueth, but declined to comments on the heavy deployments on

In July, clashes in Juba between forces loyal to Kiir and those allied
to former first vice-president, Riek Machar resulted into more than
200 deaths.


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    13 October 06:46, by southsudan

    Do not threaten internet shutdown. Be honest and tell the truth.
This is the end of your regime and the end of Kiir.
    Dr. John Garang is praying and looking to the suffering of the
South Sudanese people. I wish he waited a little longer to set up his
vision for South Sudan. Kiir has done nothing but add more suffering
to the people of SS. Looting and killing is what he will be remembered

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    13 October 07:38, by hunter boy

    dam! i am suprised of his ghost moving arround juba, but his
battery is warning and about to shuttdown. for the football
supporters, that is a very serious goal attempt from God

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