Tanzanian policemen roast a dozen people who claim they have information about the kidnapping of Africa's youngest billionaire by an armed gang this week, according to a new report.
Three hotel workers and five guards – who manned the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club at Dar es Salaam on the oceanfront when the 43-year-old Mohammed "Mo" Dewji was abducted on Thursday – are interrogated, among other things, the local police told the Daily Nation.
The authorities are trying to determine exactly what happened – and to write down a motive for the uncontrolled abduction.
A taxi driver who witnessed the ordeal told the Daily Nation that four masked men were firing in the air and were clearing their way inside the hotel – causing the queues of the service to run away.
Then the raiders shot out of the hotel with Dewji – who was entering a gym at the time – and withdrew with him in the car, in the direction of the Masaki district, the driver told the exhaust.
He had no guards with him at the time, reports reported.
"First information indicates that he was kidnapped by whites traveling in two vehicles," regional governor Paul Makonda said Thursday, according to The South African. "This kind of incident is new here."
Dewji has a net worth of $ 1.5 billion and is Tanzania's only billionaire, according to Forbes. He is the CEO of METL, a conglomerate that was founded by his father in the 1970s and focuses on textile production, flour mills, beverages and edible oils.
Dewji is also an important sponsor of the Tanzanian football team Simba SC and served two trimesters in the parliament of Tanzania, and retired early 2015.
In 2016, the married father of three swore to donate at least half of his earnings to philanthropic goals.