President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday briefed on the security arrangements ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival in Nairobi today.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and top security officials met with the President at State House for the briefing. Security has been beefed up in Nairobi with plainclothes and uniformed police officers deployed throughout the city.
NYS officers, Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and prison warders are patrolling most streets and shopping malls. Catholics from rural areas were making last-minute arrangements to travel to Nairobi yesterday.
More than one million people are expected to attend the open Mass led by Pope Francis at the University of Nairobi grounds tomorrow. Kangemi residents were in high spirits as construction companies worked round the clock to complete roadworks in the area.
Pope Francis is expected to land in Nairobi at 5pm and will be received by the President. On arrival, the Pope will inspect a guard of honour mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces.
Key issues on the Pope’s agenda include religious harmony, climate change and the youth. Father Steven Okello, the coordinating committee chairman for the Pope’s visit, said the Catholic Church has received adequate support from the government during the planning stage.