Pope to arrive Wednesday evening

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By Eric Biegon

Pope Francis will finally arrive in the country this evening from the Vatican for a three day visit.

The plane carrying the Pontiff left Rome shortly after 10 am and is expected to touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 5PM.

The pope will be received by President Uhuru Kenyatta upon arrival.

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His itinerary will then leave for State House where he will have a joint state of the union address with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The historic arrival of Pope Francis since his ascendancy to papacy in 2013, will set off a three day busy tour where he will hold meetings with members of the public, the faithful and leaders drawn from different political affiliations.

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Retired presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki as well as the country’s opposition leaders have been invited for the reception after which the pope will deliver a special joint live televised address with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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This will mark the end of business for the pontiff on Wednesday before he joins Kenyans at University of Nairobi grounds Thursday morning.

Several roads have been temporarily closed to ease pope’s movement during his stay.

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