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Pope’s key lesson on modesty for extravagant Kenyan leaders

Even before he uttered a single word, Pope Francis had a vital lesson on humility and modesty for Kenyan leaders, majority who live life on the fast lane.

The pontiff, whose office operates on an annual budget of Sh 32.6 billion, rode from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in a rather simple car – a Honda Ballade.

On the contrary, his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and senior government officials were chauffeured in a large motorcade comprising top-of-the-range vehicles such as Mercedes, Toyota Land Cruiser and Range Rovers; all bought, maintained and fuelled by Kenyan taxpayers.


And impressed Kenyans were quick to point out the Pope’s humility.

On Twitter, @amaru_jaygio said: “Look at papas car man! leave alone mpigs can our mca’s ride in this? #popeinkenya (sic).”

Radio personality (@KuisanMacharia) added: “Our MCA’s don’t even roll like this… My fellow Kenyans, in case you were wondering what leadership looks like..”

Pope Francis, who is known for his modesty, has completely spurned lavish lifestyle enjoyed by his predecessors.

At State House, Nairobi the pontiff urged the leadership to “Show genuine concern for the poor and aspirations of the youth.”