May 26, 2020 (Thessherald)–Addressing the nation on Monday, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged members of the public to refrain from wishing death upon him, saying that such people are wizards and will eventually die before God ends his life on Earth.
“You should tell those ill-wishers who say Salva is dead that they are witches and wizards, and that they will die before I do,” Kiir said.
Kiir explained that he had never stepped outdoor since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic a few months ago.
He also said that he had never set foot on foreign soil out of fear since he was young.
“I have never gone for refuge since I was young. “I will stay here and die even to the last person in this country. I’m one of those people who said my bones will be buried in South Sudan,” he added.
President Kiir warned the citizens to be careful while observing the current preventive measures, noting that the disease can attack anyone regardless of their social or political status.
“If they believe death is a good thing to wish upon me, they too will die, because if death for sure comes, you can’t run from it.”
Since last week, there has been widespread speculation that the President and his delegation had been airlifted to Egypt for further medical intervention after contracting the disease.