, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – A few hours before Pope Francis arrives in the country, residents of the informal sector of Kangemi want him to be their advocate to God and the Government.
When Capital FM News crew visited the area on Tuesday, majority of the people said if given a chance to address the Pope, they will highlight their challenges that range from unemployment, insecurity and disharmony in the country.
“I would like the Pope to pray for me and for Kangemi so that we can continue living in peace and harmony,” one of the residents identified as Wamaitha said.
The residents are excited about the Pope’s visit but they hope it will mark a new beginning in their lives.
“I hope our challenges as the residents of Kangemi will be addressed… this area is expected to be exposed to the world,” another said.
For some, they would like the Pope to pray for Deputy President William Ruto and journalists Joshua Sang so that International Criminal Court (ICC) case is terminated for the unity of the country to prevail.
To him, Kenyans have already moved on from the 2007 post election violence, “and that’s why we want the case to be terminated. We want the Pope to pray for the Deputy President and Sang so that they can be set free.”
Though there was nothing to show the Pope was visiting the area, the residents are aware and ready to welcome him.
People carried on with their businesses with traders hoping to cash in from the visit.
At St Joseph the Worker Parish, where the Pope will address thousands of the slum dwellers, the Catholic officials were on Tuesday morning engaged in the final preparations ahead of Friday’s visit.
On Thursday, up to 60 Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops from the Eastern Africa region are expected to attend the Mass at the University of Nairobi grounds.
Additionally, there will be 9,000 priests, clergy and religious leaders at the Mass.
Twelve choirs from different parts of the country have been practicing for High Mass and will come together to form Muungano Choir.
Up to one billion people from across the globe will be watching and following the events on television.