Family of missing Tanzanian billionaire offer reward

Elias Hubbard
October 16, 2018

The family of Tanzania's only billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped last week in Dar es Salaam, has announced a reward of almost half a million dollars for information on his whereabouts.

"We [the Dewji family] want to assure anyone with the information about the whereabouts of our son to come forward and we will treat their information as secret", Dewji's uncle Azim Dewji was quoted as saying during a press conference.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, was kidnapped by two gunmen as he left the gym of Colosseum Hotel in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania last Thursday. "We are announcing a reward of Sh1 billion to anyone who will tell us his whereabouts", Tanzania newspaper The Citizen reported.

Reports over the weekend said that at least 20 people had been arrested as police pressed a manhunt for him.

He also sought to allay fears that the security agencies are overwhelmed by a trend of kidnappings, reporting that 44 out of 56 people kidnapped over the past three years had been rescued. "Security forces are working day and night" to find him.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda confirmed tha Dewji was seized by unidentified men as he arrived for a morning workout at a luxury hotel in the country's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

According to Forbes, Dewji has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion. Dewji's father Gullam Dewji was present.

He served as a ruling party MP for a decade until 2015 and is a sponsor for a leading Tanzanian football team, Simba FC.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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