President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit (left) greeting First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny (right) in the statehouse (J1). Photo: RB does not own the copyright to the picture.
South Sudan government has stopped publishing the results of COVID-19 since June. There are currently no data on how many people tested positive of Coronavirus each day or week. No record at all.
The month of June ended the least to be known of cases in the world’s young nation. In May, the committee managing the COVID-19 was dissolved by the president, then, South Sudan officially stopped publishing any known cases related to the deadly virus.
While the neighbouring countries like Kenya and Ethiopia continue to make known of their cases, South Sudan does not enjoy such a luxurious duty.
This week speaking at a state dinner organized by the First Lady Mary Ayendit, the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit told the guests “Corona has comes to stay”, with the people of South Sudan.
There were no further comments on how to fight the deadly virus or the available response to combat the disease.
Speaking about the issues of the state government, the president warned that he is not afraid of anyone but wanted the country to remain peaceful. He further elaborated that appointing SPLA-IO’s Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony to the position of the Upper Nile Governor may return the country back to war.
He urged First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to reconsider appointing someone else in the position of Upper Nile governor.
This will mean, Machar will have to compromised since the president is not ready to work with Gen. Olony.