The governor of South Sudan’s Jubek State has banned nightclubs and limited bar hours due to alleged “immoral acts” in the capital.
In a statement after meeting President Salva Kiir, Governor Augustino Jadallah Wani said his government has banned all the nightclubs in Juba city until further notice.
He further said bars would have their hours limited to evening, and would not be allowed to operate during the day.
“We banned discos totally because what is happening there is really very dangerous for the future of this country,” he said.
Top state official pointed out that girls as young as 13 frequented the nightclubs. “We are serious and we are going to make sure discos are not working in this country until we make sure that there is stability and the young ones cannot go there,” he said.
In spite of years of civil war, Juba city has dozens of nightspots.
Meanwhile the governor noted that his government would make it obligatory for couples checking into hotels in the capital to produce a marriage certificate. “This is what we are going to introduce, and we have already passed it,” he said.
Governor Jadallah said he briefed President Kiir on the security situation in Juba town.
Several South Sudanese youth in diaspora and in the country are mobilizing through social media platforms to organize anti-government demonstrations in Juba on May 16.The youth are demanding the removal of President Salva Kiir.
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