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U.S President Bush Embarks On African Trip


President George Bush Saturday embarked on a 7-day visit to 5 African countries: Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia.

The visit is to showcase U-S projects supporting hospitals, schools and anti-Aids and anti-malaria initiatives. After a few hours stop-over in Benin, where he was greeted by a military honor guard and a group of colorfully dressed women dancers, he flew to Tanzania for the second stage of his trip.

Haroub Othman is professor of development studies of the University of Dar-Es-Salaam. VOA reporter Akwei Thompson asked him how Tanzanians welcomed the U-S president.

Professor Othman said not everyone in Tanzania was happy with the invitation. There were demonstrations protesting bush’s visit. “I mean he was officially welcomed by the president and ministers at the airport…but some Tanzanians wanted to know more about the reasons for his visit.”

“This is the first time in our history, since independence, said Professor Othman, “that a visit of a head of state has caused so much controversy…”

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