President Museveni in the Basilica

President Yoweri Museveni wrapped up his third day of his State visit to Equatorial Guinea with prayers at the country’s’ largest Church, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, found in President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s hometown of Mongomo.

President Museveni (L) and Energy Minister Irene Muloni (R) pray at the Mongomo Basilica

The prayers were led by the Bishop, Monsignor Juan Domingo Beka Esono Ayang, shortly after the President was taken on a tour of the Basilica that is dedicated to Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Equatorial Guinea.

“Praised be the Lord. Congratulations to the people of Mongomo for building this Basilica for the Lord,” the President wrote in the Basilica register at the end of his visit.

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The Basilica of Mongomo is currently the largest religious building in Central Africa and the second largest Catholic Church throughout Africa after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Ivory Cost.

Initially, President Museveni was taken on a tour of Djiblolo, the ‘City of the Future’ to which the country is shifting its capital from Malabo. The city with complete transport, education and administrative infrastructure is located in Weles-Nzas, between the cities of Bata and Mongomo and only 20 km away from the new Mongomeyen airport. The national road network will serve the city. Djibloho is characterized by the dense equatorial forest that surrounds it and by the strong presence of the river Wele.

The Mayor of Mongomo hands a key of the town to President Museveni at the City Hall

In Mongomo town, President Museveni, accompanied by his host President Mbasongo paid a courtesy call on the town Mayor Mr. Santiago Eneme Ovono at his office.

The Mayor of Mongomo Town Mr. Santiago Eneme Ovono handing over a symbolic gun to President Museveni, when the latter visited him at his office

The President was presented with a gift of a relic gun and a key symbolizing great leadership.

The President was later hosted to a luncheon by President Mbasogo at the Leaders Club, inside the Presidential Palace in Mongomo.

Mongomo is a hometown of President Mbasogo in Wele-Nzas Province in mainland Equatorial Guinea on the eastern border with Gabon.