NAIROBI NOVEMBER 10, 2015 (CISA) – Two weeks before Pope Francis arrives in Nairobi, the government has assured Kenyans of security during his visit. “This is a massive security operation and it is being given all the seriousness it deserves,” State House Spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu said.
“Unlike the visit by President Barack Obama when the government encouraged Kenyans to stay home, we are encouraging Kenyans to flock into the city in their numbers to cheer the Pope and celebrate Mass with him.
This is a state and pastoral visit, the Pope himself has expressed the desire that as many people as possible have access to him, and when the routes he will take during the tour are announced, you will see that they reflect this desire,” said Esipisu.
The Kenyan government is inviting Kenyans to turn out in numbers and attend the public Mass because the Pope’s message will reach out to all religions.
“Kenyans from all walks of life are excited about this visit. The Pope is reaching out to all religions and reaching out to all people, and he has a very humane message that he is sending which is very appropriate not just for Kenya, but for the world today,” said the Bishop.
He said that the government is still discussing whether they would declare 26 and 27 November public holidays.