Juba warns citizens in Sudan to exercise caution as opposition renews call for fresh protests

South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir. Photo: The Rwandan Focus/File

Khartoum, January 11, 2019 (SSNA) — The government of South Sudan has warned its citizens in Sudan, asking them to stay in their homes during ongoing protests in Sudan, a spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs said on Thursday.

South Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry spokesman, Mawien Makol Ariik, told the Chinese government-run Xinhua news agency in Juba that Juba wants its nationals not to be part of the ongoing protests in Sudan and that the South Sudanese government is appealing for normalcy to its northern neighbor.

“We have sent an advisory note for our people to be careful while in Sudan. We are appealing for stability and normalcy to return to Sudan and urge people to be patient and allow [a] peaceful transfer of power,” Mawien said.

It is not clear why the government issues the warning. However, four South Sudanese were reported killed while watching Sudanese protesters.

It is also reported that Sudanese opposition leaders have called for fresh protests next week.

Sudan has been rocked by protests over bread price hike, other food commodities, and shortages of fuel.

South Sudan’s government pledged its support to Sudanese government last week and barred media early this week from covering protests in Sudan.

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