Tension is mounting in Kampala as the last forty eight hours are passing before the Pope arrives for the first ever visit to Africa of a reigning Pope.
Tension is mounting in Kampala as the last forty eight hours are passing before the Pope arrives for the first ever visit to Africa of a reigning Pope. But the main centre of activity is at the key position where the Pope will concentrate a shrine to the 'UGANDA MARTYRS' at Namagongo some ten miles from the city centre. Carpenters are erecting the grandstands with great enthusiasm, whilst electricians are laying wires for the vast batteries of loud speakers which will carry the Pope's voice to the hundreds of thousands of pilgrimage who are expected to be there on Saturday morning. Twenty two boys who will represent the Christian martyrs who died on the spot for their faith, will be blessed by the Pope who will lay his hands upon their young heads.
Hawkers are selling mementoes of the Pope's visit and are already doing a roaring trade in their wares consisting of musical clocks with the Pope's head printed on down to little medals which are selling for a few cents.
Painters are putting finishing touches onto the woodwork with their paint brushes while gardeners are getting the area tidy with their brushes made from the branches of trees. Already more than five hundred pressmen have arrived in Kampala from 35 different countries throughout the world, and for the first time ever a 'live' colour television broadcast is being piped into Eurovision via a satellite some 22,300 miles above the Indian Ocean.