New twist as kidnappers of Africa’s youngest billionaire in Tanzania demand unrealistically huge ransom

INDEPENDENT investigations into the kidnapping of Africa’s youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji (43), have revealed that he is apparently being held in a secret torture place in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, as abductors demand a lucrative ransom.

Credible sources have informed SAUTI KUBWA that Dewji’s abductors include a gang of rogue elements in Tanzania’s security system closely associated with, and working under directives of, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda. Divulging no further details, the sources cited a recent bittersweet relationship between the two, and Makonda’s plutomania as reason for the abduction.

Makonda – evidently the most pampered government official by President John Magufuli, and sometimes regarded his most trusted assistant – is reportedly harboring rogue elements within the security system, and he has previously been implicated in using them for some selfish or political gains, for himself or for the president.

For reasons best known to the president, a section of officers in the presidential security unit has been working with Makonda since 2016 – targeting and threatening critical media, individual journalists, artists, activists and politicians, particularly those who are not in the good books of the president.

This is the first time the gang is implicated in kidnapping a high profile businessman. Dewji, popularly known as Mo, was abducted on Thursday morning on 11th October, 2018 as he was about to enter a gym at Collosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Oysterbay, Dar es Salaam.

The highly guarded hotel with CCVT cameras and physical security officers, is located a few meters from the residences of the vice president and the prime minister. Moreover, it is a stone’s throw away from the headquarters of the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS). CCTV cameras at the premises were not functioning at the time of abduction.

The kidnappers had originally planned to perform their action after working hours but, working on intelligence information gathered for weeks from Mo’s closest assistants, they went in the morning.

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In their preliminary reports to the media on Thursday and Friday, police authorities and Makonda had hinted that “two Europeans” had been involved in kidnapping the billionaire. But reliable sources say that was a deliberate move by the system to sway public attention from the real culprits.

The abductors had been spying on Mo’s activities and movements for weeks, using “his own people.” They even managed to steal a blank check book from his office without his knowledge. In torture place, they are apparently forcing him to sign a check (God knows how they expect to cash it anyway, and how many signatures are needed) worthy Tanzanian Shillings 2,000,000,000,000 – about $800,000,000 (the amount which, of course, is highly unrealistic – probably due to the abductors’ ignorance) as condition for his release.

Their earlier plan was to release him on Monday 15th October. Sources say the billionaire has adamantly refused to give in so far. Following their spying action prior to the abduction, they managed to have CCTV cameras disabled, using some hotel security staff.

Unlike in previous incidents where the highest political authorities were implicated in sponsoring abduction, this time they are not involved in the kidnapping saga. It is seemingly a self-enriching scheme, with nothing to do with politics.

One security source told SAUTI KUBWA: “Our hands are tied… We don’t know what the big man has in mind because the crime involves his boy. He has been quiet so far and, as you know, our system is divided. But there are no Europeans, no white or brown people involved; it’s the work of wrong people entrusted with powers in our own system.”

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  1. Miller James 2 months ago
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    Mkuu napenda machapisho yako kwani yana toa zaidi ya Habari,

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  2. Alfres 2 months ago
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    Can you correct spelling for check to read cheque also 2bn $ in tshs

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    • Ansbert Ngurumo 2 months ago
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      Check is American English, cheque is British English. I opted to use the American version.

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  3. Emmanuel 2 months ago
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    I knew it the first hand,to lead is to be fit mentally for our case Tanzania is in the hands of devil minded what they call them selves leaders now this is happening.they failed economy ,health systems,education,international relations they even on the mission to use Catholic Church for personal gain.

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  4. Christo Mfalme 2 months ago
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    Ansbert Ngurumo this would have been more productive if you boldly mention names of your sources. Me, you and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania are worried of the men who is a father, a son, a loved one and he is a men who actively contribute to the solution(s) of unemployment to some of us! Instead of making headlines, blow the whistle. Give the lead to where they hide him. Make them busted.

    Vinginevyo wewe na hao vyanzo wako lenu moja. UBINAFSI TU, KUTAKA KUJINEEMESHA KWA JANGA LILILOMKUTA MPENDWA WETU.

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    • Ansbert Ngurumo 2 months ago
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      Ndugu yangu, kwanza asante kwa comment. Pili, hiki nilichosema kama unaona hakisaidii, basi ni bahati mbaya. I am just giving a clue as to the level of information I have at hand. Kwa taarifa hii pekee, nimeshapunguza madhara makubwa kwa aliyetekwa na nimeshachangia kw akiasi kikubwa katika msako wa kumpata. Nimetaja baadhi ya majina ambayo yanatosha kumfanya apatikane. Tatu, whistleblowers huwa hawatajwi. Ukishawataja ni kama umewahukumu kifo, na ndiyo mwisho. Kesho akitekwa mwingine hutapewa ushirikiano na mtu yeyote. Nao hawawezi kukupa kila taarifa. Hizo zilizotoka zinatosha kutumika na kunusuru uhai wa mhusika. Tuwashukuru badala ya kuwabeza. Nne, mimi sina gaoda yoyote na habari hii zaidi ya kutaka kuokoa uhai wa huyo. Sijaajiriwa, silipwi, na sitalipwa na mtu kwa kazi hii. Nasukumwa tu na roho ile ile ya kizalendo na kiutu. Ingeweza kunisukuma kupost utani utani kwenye blog kama wafanyavyo wengine. Badala ya hayo, mimi nafuatilia mambo serious – out of passion. Kunishambulia ni sawa na kutaka kunikamata mikono hata hiki kidogo ninachofanya kwa hiari kisifanyike. Kwangu hakuna faida kuu kama aliyepotea akipatikana, na waliomchukua wakishughulikiwa.

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    • Rich Mipango 2 months ago
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      Dunia nzima informers hulindwa do not be naive and arrogant with your theoretical unrealistic idea

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      • Abucha 2 months ago
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        Hoy, unaongelea dunia nzima informers kulindwa? I bet and I’m afraid its not this side of the world i.e. not our country. Jeshi la polisi kutumia CCTV cameras located at collesium together with those located at near by areas kama vile TISS etc zishindwe kuwaona walomteka huyo a high profile b’nessman ndo hao watu waweze kumlinda huyo informer! From which country? 🤔 Not TZ my friend, not in our country.

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  5. Sechonara Ayau 2 months ago
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    Bullshit. As a news forum, you cannot post something which is not verified and this is NOT verified.

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  6. Rafiz 2 months ago
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    Yani wewe zwazwa ulitafuta sababu ya kuombea ukimbizi ukajifanya upo hatarini ushapewa hifadhi tulia iendelee kufagia hapo Finland huo uongo wenu na MANGE wa kutengeneza hautakusaidia kitu si useme tu chanzo chako ni Mange …..huo ndio umama sasa kutumia matatizo ya familia za watu kutafutia umaarufu wa hii blog yako takataka

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  7. Nazir 2 months ago
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    kwani ukisema umepika habari na chanzo chako ni Mange kimambi kuna ubaya gani badala ya kudanganya watu na kujaribu kutumia matatizo ya familia ya watu kujitafutia umaarufu wa kipumbavu? ulitengeneza stori ya kuombea ukimbizi umepata badala kuangalia utapata vipi kazi ya kufagia(manake hakuna kazi utapata zaidi ya hiyo hapa Oslo) wacha umama andika vitu vya kueleweka.

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    • chrispin 1 month ago
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      acheni matusi km mtu anafagia tusimkatishe tamaa mbona wengi wanafagia bongo,na wanawasomesha watoto kwa kazi hiyohiyo ya u house girl

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  8. Vikki 2 months ago
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    Send Hells Angels… They will find him. It hurts alot. Praying for Mo each moment. Amazing article…

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  9. Goodluck Arestus 2 months ago
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    Mkuu, please add me to your mailing list.

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  10. Inderjit Singh 2 months ago
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    Excellent Article. Thanks for giving us some clues about whereabouts of Mohammed Dewji. The author seems to be fearless as he has named the powerful people who could be behind the abduction.

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  11. hakim 2 months ago
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    Sijui kingeleza sijajua Umesemann😊😊SC

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  12. Al-Rashidy 2 months ago
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    I think instead of jumping into a storyteller with insults, the Government {Police} should work on that information to see where they will end up with.
    That is if they are really looking for him.

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  13. goodluck sniper 2 months ago
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    Hawa wanaopinga hoja zako pia wachunguzwe

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  14. Haji Mjaja 2 months ago
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    Wote wanaokubeza hapa kaka Ngurumo, nilichojifunza weengi wao ni vijana kutoka kwenye jamii ya watekaji na hawa kwa sasa ndiyo wenye kula nchi kisawa sawa, angalia uandishi wao based kwenye kumtaja taja Mange, vijana hawa na kaka na baba mkuu ni genge la uhalifu wa kimataifa hauna tofauti na wa Mafia, hukumu yao hawa wote ni kifo na sk itafika, wtz tuzidi kuomba Mo apatikane Salama tuu

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  15. Johnson 2 months ago
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    Ni vyema kua serious zaidi kwenye masuala yanayohusu Taifa na usalama wa raia na mali zao.Kuweka ushabiki mbele na kusahau hayo si sawa kwa Taifa lako wala kwa familia ya aliyetekwa.Naiona hii makala kama ya kutafutia kiki badala ya kuleta solution.Tuache tabia hizi.

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    • Ansbert Ngurumo 2 months ago
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      Mkuu, kiki inisaidie nini hapa? Naona tunatofautiana uelewa. Tuvumiliane. Hujui umakini wa vyanzo vyangu vya taarifa. Uhai wa mtu ni bora kuliko ushabiki na heshima unayotaka kuwapa watekaji wake.

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  16. Turabali 2 months ago
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    Keep posted

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  17. Defront 2 months ago
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    Viva

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  18. Rami 2 months ago
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    Ansbert Ngurumo, I am worried about you. I hope you stay safe after your published article. Every word is true but safety is the main issue here. We pray to God to keep you safe always. Dont hatarisha yourself. We care for u

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  19. Al-Rashidy 2 months ago
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    Shame on those who attacks you with harsh statement. They were blinded by I don’t know what!!!
    I believe that what you said a couple days ago about MO kidnappers, was more than 75% true. I salute you. I also join with Rami: Your safety is very important.

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  20. chrispin 1 month ago
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    yes they will

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