The Federal Government of South Sudan has detained six journalists in connection with the circulation of video footage showing President Salva Kiir wetting himself.
Recall that last year December, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit is seen in a viral video peeing himself in public while opening a road project.
Salva Kiir Mayardit who has been the President of the country since its independence on 9 July 2011 peed himself during the recitation of the national anthem.
Unfortunately, because the event was broadcast live on television, nothing could be done to rectify the embarrassing situation.
Salva Kiir Mayardit, 71, is believed to be suffering from a urinary tract infection, which is common in older men.
The viral video has elicited mixed reactions from the international community, with many social media users expressing opposing viewpoints.
Some also accused the cameramen of doing a dirty job by disgracing their president, while others said they did the right thing by exposing the President as medically unfit to lead a country.
Meanwhile, the Government of South Sudan detained six journalists in connection with the circulation of video footage showing President Salva Kiir wetting himself.
The six remained detained at the National Security Service headquarters, known as Blue House, according to a statement by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan on Friday evening.
Patrick Oyet, the president of the South Sudan Union of Journalists, told Reuters that the journalists “are suspected of having knowledge on how the video of the president urinating himself came out”.
Though South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) claimed it did not broadcast the footage, the video still became public material. The incarcerated journalists are SSBC staff.
Michael Makuei, South Sudan’s Information Minister, admitted that the journalists were arrested but told Voice of America that people had to wait to know why they were detained.
“Authorities’ arrests of six employees of the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation matches a pattern of security personnel resorting to arbitrary detention whenever officials deem coverage unfavourable,” Muthoki Mumo, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sub-Saharan Africa representative, said in an official statement Friday.