Government has issued a warning to city hawkers that no vending will be allowed in areas that Pope Francis is going to visit.
Pope Francis will arrive in Uganda on 27th this month for a two day visit to grace the 50th anniversary celebrations of canonisation of Uganda martyrs at Namugongo.
In a press statement yesterday, Minister for General Duties Office of the Prime Minister Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere said that special places have been reserved for vendors in areas that Pope will be visiting.
“There will be no vending at all in all venues where the Holy Father will be meeting different groups of people. At Namugongo Martyrs shrine, the public is hereby notified that there is a special place that has been designated for all the vendors. This is where we expect all the vendors of whatever kind to be,” he said.
Adding; “The rest of the places including the route to Namugongo, the entrance and the enclosed area of Namugongo Basilica should be reserved for people who will have come from far and near to attend the Papal Mass.”
He said government is calling upon Ugandans to warmly welcome with enthusiasm the Pope and his entourage and the traditional hospitality, and all youth willing and able are encouraged to gather at Kololo on 28th November 2015 at exactly 3:00pm. for a special interface with Holiness.
Kabwegyere said that government will be holding more press conferences to update the general public regarding the traffic guidelines, security arrangements and any other relevant information that the public might require to know.