Pope Francis Excites Kireka, Bweyogerere Residents

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Thousands of residents and the business community lined along the Kireka-Kyaliwajjala road to catch a glimpse of the Pope.

It was an exciting moment for residents of Namugongo, Kireka and Bweyogerere as the Pope visited Namugongo Martyrs shrines.

Residents and business people in Kireka, Kyaliwajjala, Bweyogerere and Sseeta abandoned their homes and businesses and took to the streets to welcome and bid farewell to Pope Francis.

Uganda Radio Network witnessed thousands of excited people line up besides the Kireka, Bweyogerere-Mukono road to catch a glimpse of the Pope. Others stood on buildings, vehicles and motor cycles.

This was when the pontiff was leaving Namugongo, after leading a mass at the Catholic Martyrs Shrine.

With a broad smile, Francis waved to the cheering crowds as his car drove past Kireka town towards Kampala.  

Security personnel struggled to keep away the excited people from entering the road as Francis' convoy passed.

After seeing the Pope, Florence Mukankusi from Mbarara was excited by seeing the Pope and hopes the visit keep Uganda peaceful.

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Moses King Loru from Moroto district said that the Pope's message was very clear and appropriate for the country, appealing to leaders to address corruption and climate change.

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Christine Byenkya from Masindi told Uganda Radio Network that she is excited to have seen the Pope for the first time and appreciated Francis's message to the Christians.

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However, the people who had lined up on the Kireka-Kyaliwajjala-Namugongo road were left disappointed. Despite using the road to access Namugongo, he used a different route when leaving.

These stood for over an hour waiting to bid farewell to the Pope in vain. But they at least witnessed the departure of other dignitaries like Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, among others.   

Saturday was the Pope's second day in Uganda, on his second leg of the African tour before leaving for Central African Republic on Sunday.


About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.