South Sudan’s government has warned against what it called plans by youth to organize anti-government demonstrations in the country.
Information Minister Michael Makuei on Tuesday warned against the reproduction of the popular uprising that Sudan is experiencing, saying the government was serious to implement the revitalized peace agreement.
Some South Sudanese youth have called for anti-government demonstrations, including against the country’s leader Salva Kiir. Several youth on social media called for anti-government protests on 16 May.
Makuei said: “Those who want to protest are welcome but let them be ready to face the consequences. We know those who are spearheading the attempts.”
”Changing the government should not be done through protests, so it is better for us to seek peace. If youth want democracy, they should follow the correct procedure,”
Makuei warned against attempts to copy the Arab Spring for South Sudan.” We would not allow any chaos brought from outside. We know those who are behind it,” he said.
“We don’t want youth to die again. South Sudan youth should not try to reproduce what is happening in other countries,” he added.
“We know that some foreign elements here are working with youth to incite them and are distributing a lot of dollars. I am urging the youth and the civil society not to chase a mirage.”
Salva Kiir became the first president of South Sudan in 2011. Prior to independence, he was president of the government of southern Sudan, as well as First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011.
Kiir is expected to run for another term in office in 2021.