By: OBED SIMIYU
Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya for his three-day visit.
President Uhuru Kenyatta officially received the Pontiff at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 4.50pm.
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The Pope was driven to State House Nairobi, for a State reception where the Kenyan national anthem was played and honoured with a 21 gun-salute.
He was accorded honours of a head of State.
President Kenyatta later introduced him to his cabinet including his deputy William Ruto before a State reception.
Pope Francis also planted a tree helped by President Kenyatta before the two leaders went ahead to hold bilateral talks at State House.
In anticipation of his arrival in Kenya, Pope Francis had earlier in the day taken to social media to send a goodwill message wishing Kenyans God’s blessings.
In a tweet posted on his official Twitter page, @Pontifex the Pope said: “Mungu abariki Kenya! God bless Kenya!”
The tweet was posted midway on his flight from Rome to Nairobi.
Millions of Kenyans lined the streets from JKIA to welcome the leader of the Catholic Church as he was being driven to State House, Nairobi.
Nairobi, is first Africa city the 78 year old pontiff set foot since taking over the leadership of the church in 2013.
He will use his 11th overseas trip since taking office in 2013 to deliver a total of 19 speeches on peace, social justice, environmental protection and interfaith dialogue in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR).
SOURCE: DAILY NATION