South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir led a street procession on Wednesday to dispel rumors of his ill health.
Driving in an open hardtop car, Kiir waved to supporters in the afternoon sunshine and later told reporters that his life was in “the hand of that Person (God) who created me.”
Rumors circulated on Facebook Tuesday that President Kiir had allegedly died after illness, prompting denial from spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny.
There was heavy of military personnel on Juba streets, sparking fears of possible tension as shops and other businesses closed early on Wednesday.
To end the rumours, the President decided to go to the streets and lead a procession through the city and making whistle stop tours and speaking to people.
Previously, the government had threatened to shut down internet to kill rumours, but the president decided otherwise and opted to simply come out in the open and assure the people that “he is well and enjoying robust health.”