Maputo, 28 August, 2019 / 12:59 am (ACI Africa).
The Popemobile that Pope Francis used in 2015 in Kenya during his maiden visit to Africa has been shipped to Mozambique ahead of his imminent visit, sources involved in the shipment have told ACI Africa.
“The Popemobile left Nairobi for Mombasa port on August 8, and from Mombasa to Maputo on August 17,” the Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate of Kenya has disclosed.
Having been directly involved in the shipment of the vehicle, Very Rev. Fr. Benjamin Maswili told ACI Africa Monday that the vehicle was expected to arrive in Maputo on Sunday, August 25.
“There has been a delay and its arrival in Maputo has been rescheduled for August 27,” Fr. Maswili said and explained how the decision to ship the Nairobi-based Popemobile to Maputo involved the top leadership of Kenya and Mozambique.
“I was asked to take it (the Popemobile) to State House for the President to check it,” Fr. Maswili disclosed, recalling the instructions he received from Kenya’s ministry of Defense following the order from the head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta, to have the car in impeccable condition before shipment.