July 1 - Tanzanians welcome U.S. President Barack Obama and his family on the last leg of his three-nation Africa trip. Jessica Gray reports.
Tanzanians welcome U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday amid much fanfare. Arriving with his family, Obama will later host talks his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete. It's the last stop on his three-nation Africa trip, slated to boost ties with fast-growing African nations amid heavy competition from China. Looking to regain ground, Washington plans a $7 billion initiative to tackle Africa's lack of electrical power, with Obama also due to announce new trade projects. Streets were closed off and businesses shut in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam as part of security measures, much to the annoyance of some residents. (SOUNDBITE) (Kiswahili) DAR ES SALAAM RESIDENT, KABERANGE SIMON, SAYING: "I really do not understand why we have to stay at home and I am not happy about it because when you ask the citizens to stay at home for four days as the roads will be blocked, what are we going to eat, is Obama giving each and every one of us aid so that we can stay at home?" On Tuesday Obama is due to lay a wreath to those killed in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing in Tanzania, alongside visiting former president George W. Bush.