Pope Francis Historic First Africa Tour; Security Concerns

Pope Francis Rides To Mass On Parkway In The PopemobileThe head of Catholic faithful, Pope Francis is set to make his first historic tour on African soil.

The pope will land first in Kenya on 25th November 2015 for a three-nation tour before proceeding to Uganda and finishing his tour in Central African Republic.

Security has been a major concern as the Pope makes his first Africa tour amid fears of jihadist attacks and violence.

Security agencies in Kenya have been working closely to keep the country safe, from the porous border with Somalia to the coastal region and at the capital Nairobi, security has been heightened.

Kenya has deployed over 10,000 security personnel and another 10,000 from NYS to maintain the large crowds during the giant open-air masses in the capital Nairobi where Pope Francis will be hosted.

Kenya and Uganda are prime targets for Al-Qaeda’s affiliated branch, the Al Shabaab as they have troops deployed in Somalia.

Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said all arrangements are in place ahead of the pontiff visit which starts on Wednesday.

“Security arrangements have been made and put in place, right from arrival to coverage of all the routes that he will be using, the venues, residences including providing security for the visitors who will be coming to visit this city,” Police IG Boinett.

Pope Francis also confirmed that he will be going to Central African Republic, a country faced with gruesome violence between Muslim and Christian populations since 2013.

However, United Nations has sent hundreds of peacekeepers from Ivory Coast to bolster security for both popes’ tour and for national elections due in late December 2015.

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