By George Kithuka/Margaret Kalekye
The government has declared Thursday the 26th of November 2015 a public Holiday ahead of Pope Francis visit to Kenya.
Kenyans have been urged to take time off on this day for national prayers and to reflect.
In a statement from Statehouse spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said, “The Government of Kenya has declared 26th November 2015 a Public Holyday and a National Day of Prayer and Reflection, as we are privileged to be hosting His Holiness the Pope at the time, he will set the tone for the day”
Pope Francis who jets into the country on Wednesday will preside over mass at the university of Nairobi grounds on Thursday.
The declaration now sets the tone for millions of catholic faithful and Christians in the country to pray for the nation.
He will be in the country for three days. In his itinerary the pope is also expected to tour Kangemi, meet with youth at Kasarani, as well as hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at statehouse.
Former Presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki are among those invited to State House for the address by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Pope at 6.30pm.
Others are opposition leaders, various church leaders, cabinet secretaries, PSs, Media owners, journalists, and business leaders, MPs, Senators and Governors.
All judges, Parastatal MDs, KNUT,KUPPET officials, SUPKEM, and Hindu council leaders, University VCs and students leaders have also not been left house.
Security has been beefed up in and around the city ahead of his tour. His visit will be broadcast live by KBC.