Pope Francis has issued conditions to the Uganda government ahead of his visit set to begin on Friday,November 27 upon concluding a 3-day tour of Kenya.
To enhance his simplicity that he has come to be famous and perhaps popular for, the Pope’s conditions are aimed at ensuring he does not receive an expensive ‘reception’.
1. No Top-of-The-Range Cars
It is understood that the Pope has asked the Uganda government not to bring big cars to pick him from Entebe International Airport upon landing. He has instead directed that a simple car ferry him.
While in Kenya, Pope Francis was mainly carried around in an ordinary Honda saloon car.
When Pope Paul VI visited Uganda in 1969, he was driven to the famous Namugongo Martyrs shrine in an open roof Mercedes Benz alongside then President Obote.
In 1993 on the other hand when Pope John II similarly visited Uganda, he was chauffeured around in a Mercedes Benz alongside President Yoweri Museveni.
Pope Francis does not want to seat with any other passenger.
2. No Meeting With Politicians
Although he is the Head of State of the Vatican, Pope Francis has also directed that he is in Uganda purely for religious purposes and as such no meetings with politicians should be arranged.
He is however slated to hold talks with President Yoweri Museveni but again its understood the agenda will be on religious matters.
In Kenya, the Pope and his entourage from Rome held bilateral talks with Uhuru Kenyatta.
3. State Banquet
While the Pope attended a State House banquet while in Kenya, it is understood he has also directed that there should be no such a thing when he touches down in Uganda.
He has also said that he will take care of his own accommodation.
4. No Five Star Hotels
The Pope prefers to have a common accommodation with his entourage as well as a common meal time.
It was the same thing in Kenya as the Pope spent his nights at the apostolic nunciature in Westlands.
Pope Francis will spend three days in Uganda before departing for Central Africa Republic for another three days before rapping up his maiden African tour.