Public Warns on Misuse of National Flag at Private Festivals

Youth in Tulalei taking bull for wedding and community wiped South Sudan's flag.

Turalei former youth leader Daniel Bol Thel on Tuesday has protested against the misuse of the South Sudan national flag on private occasions which he labeled “unconstitutional”. Warning against the misrepresentation of the national flag came because some people randomly use it at kraals, local brewing sites, and wedding ceremonies.

South Sudan’s national flag constitutionally represents the blood that was shed for the independence of the country, Unity, agricultural, natural wealth, and the land.

Mr. Bol said distortion of the flag was so disturbing because the flag should be raised up mostly in public institutions including offices and schools. The flag was rampantly being used in “unofficial events. The flag represents the country as a whole, not individuals he said should be respected and protected” he illustrated.

“You could find that one has risen the flag at the shop, not logical. Even at home, people raise the national flag. This has gone for many years, and we thought it is still a new nation, but they have stuck to it now. That is why I decided to talk about it. We need it to stop.”

Citizens’ anticipation

Some business people who put a flag in their compound said that they did not know that the national flag couldn’t use privately. They admitted the mistake.

Resident in Twice County Kuol Deng Kuol said they felt proud to use the national flag because of their pride toward the nation.

“It was just pride for our country, South Sudan that is why we use them at weddings. Before the country south Sudan got independence, we have been using a clan flag during the wedding. When we became an independent state, we adopt the use of flags because it is beautiful,” Kuol explained.

Legal concerns

Advocate William Mapiu Ayuel appreciated those concerns risen against the flag. He disclosed that the flag is one of the national identities. No individual constitutionally could use the national identities in his or her events.

Mapiu said “it is used in public institutions like schools, hospitals, County, states, and others. Number two is used in the national events or national celebrations but to take it for yourself like at the wedding, it is unbecoming, and it shows that you don’t respect it.”

The South Sudan transitional constitution of 2011, article 7, emblem, national anthem, coat of arms, public seal, medals, festivals, and commemorations of the State shall be prescribed by law.

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