Presidential Candidates List Requests For Pope

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Presidential candidates will tomorrow halter their campaigns to join in the celebration of mass at Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo, led by Pope Francis.

Presidential candidates will tomorrow halter their campaigns to join in the celebration of mass at Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo, led by Pope Francis.

The 2016 presidential candidates, who will not meet the Pope, except President Museveni, have however listed a number of pertinent issues that they wish the Pope could attend to or speak out against.

President Museveni, who will meet the Pope five times during his stay in Uganda, told journalists at a press conference in Napaka on Thursday that he wants the Pope to promote Uganda's tourism potential internationally.  He also wishes the Holy Father could blessed those who died in the liberation struggles.

Pope France arrives in Uganda at 4:50pm on Friday and will hold a brief meeting with Museveni at the VIP lounge at Entebbe International Airport.

Independent presidential candidates Joseph Mabirizi say he wants the pontiff to address issue of corruption in the country.
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Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, in a message released early today says this is a special moment for our country spiritually and particularly at this time when we need a smooth transition.
"My hope is that in the Holy Father's interactions with President Museveni and the government, he will use his position to promote an attitude of putting others before self in leadership," says Baryamureeba.
He also wishes that the Pope addresses issues of human rights abuses.
Benon Biraro's of the Farmer's Party speaking with URN from his campaign rally in Wakiso, says the visit of the Holy Father should help to make the talk on free and fair elections a reality.
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Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, this morning sent out a welcome note to the pontiff via his twitter account.
He hopes the Pope will use his visit to pray for Uganda, but also directly engage with Museveni about the need for respect of law and justice.
For a Pope who has distingue himself by humility, Besigye says his visit should help Ugandans reflect on social justice, peace, care for the poor and justice for all.
After his stay in neighbouring Kenya, Uganda is the second country that the Pope will visit in Africa. He will conclude his first Africa tour in the Central African Republic starting on Sunday.
During his stay in Uganda, Pope Francis will have several meetings with the Catechists, the clergy, the sick, the poor, the elderly, the youth and government officials among others.


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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

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