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President Yoweri Museveni was speaking at Entebbe International Airport Sunday morning, shortly after seeing off Pope Francis.

President Yoweri Museveni says the three-day visit by Pope Francis in Uganda is a huge boost for Uganda.

Museveni, in a brief statement, says the Pontiff's messages to the different groups he met will help to grow and strengthen the faith of Ugandans.

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The President was speaking at Entebbe International Airport Sunday morning shortly after seeing off Pope Francis, who left Uganda for Central African Republic for the last leg of his inaugural visit to Africa.

Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday evening and held a series of meetings with different groups, including teachers, catechists, priests, bishops, and youths.

He also led mass on Saturday morning at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, where his message on reconciliation and peace was emphasized.

At Namugongo, President Museveni met his fellow presidential aspirants, Dr. Kizza Besigye, former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi and Prof. Venancius Baryamureeba.

The president also shook hands with both Besigye and Mbabazi, which excited the public.

Museveni however says this should not cause any excitement among the public, because he does not have a problem with anybody.

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.