In Summary
  • Tanzanian billionaire  Mohammed Dewji was kidnapped on Thursday morning by unidentified people at hotel as he walked into a gym.

DAR ES SALAAM,

Police have thrown a security cordon around the country as the hunt for abducted Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji got underway. 

Tanzanian police on Thursday refuted claims that the billionaire had been found after a video spread online showing the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda saying they had arrested the suspects.

But Mr Makonda was only assuring the people that his team is working round the clock to make sure that Tanzanians get the good news.

In the video Mr Makonda said in Kiswahili: “And the good news is that Mo [Mr Dewji's nickname] has been found and the kidnappers arrested.”

Mr Dewji was kidnapped by unknown people early Thursday morning as he went for his routine gym session at Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam.

Reports from the scene suggest two white men and an unknown number of accomplices in two cars waylaid the prominent businessman as he walked into the exclusive Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club, where he is a member.  

Dar es Salaam special zone police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said security personnel around the county have been put on high alert in the hunt for the abductors.

It is has not been established why the businessman, 43, was abducted.

News of the incident spread fast as social media users shared the development, sending shockwaves the country.

The billionaire heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry.

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