‘Come out to streets on Feb 3 to welcome Pope’ – Adil

The governor of Central Equatoria State has called on Juba residents to welcome Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland.

“We encourage all the citizens, the people of Juba and central Equatoria to come out to the street on the city on the 3rd of February at 1 Pm to receive these great religious prelates with joy and happiness,” Emmanuel Adil said on Wednesday in a press conference.

Adil assured the public that the city will be safe for every citizen to move on the street cheerfully and joyfully.

“The state government re-assures the general public that necessary security measures have been put in place and urges everyone to cooperate with all the security organs,” the governor stated.

As part of the preparation for the papal visit, the governor directed the organized forces to ensure that there is no roaming of animals in the city during the days of the papal visit.

“Unnecessary movement of animals in and around the city is prohibited and all the security organs are directed to maintain law and order,” he warned.

The government started city arrangement since last week with the building of the road that branches from Kololo junction to Vatican Embassy in Thongpiny.

Adil encourages the organizing committee to continue with the necessary preparation and ensure everything is put in order the days.

“I applaud and encourage those who are involve in the preparation continue with extra strive to complete the pending task of this papal visit,” he added.

His Holiness will start the Apostolic Journey to Democratic Republic Congo on 31 January and proceed to South Sudan together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland where they will spend two days from 3-5 February.