Tanzania’s CCTV camera shocks the world with wonderful photos

TANZANIA’s Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro held a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Friday morning, but his briefing on investigations regarding the abduction of billionaire Mohammed Dewji (Mo) raised more questions than answers.

Eight days since the abduction took place, the police chief said they had not managed to find him. But he released a photo of a car suspected to have been involved. Although he said the picture had been extracted from CCTV cameras, there is every reason to doubt his statement.

There is no CCTV camera that takes pictures of this type and quality. Besides, a parking pavement where the car seems to have been parked does not resemble in any way any pavement at Colosseum Hotel parking slot.

Reporters were not tough enough on cross examining him, but one of them posed a string of questions that angered the IGP. Obviously, Sirro contradicted previous statements by Zonal Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa regarding the functionality of the CCTV cameras at Colosseum Hotel.

Mambosasa had earlier last  week told reporters that at the time of abduction the cameras were not functioning. But Sirro emerged with a picture seemingly captured using an ordinary camera, saying it had been processed from faint images of CCTV cameras.  The vehicle photo is not faint.

He said the suspected car had been identified as having crossed the border from a neighbouring country, but he refused to mention the country in question. On providing the vehicle photo, it gave a hint that police were linking the car to Mozambique. Analysts say even the car number plate resembles those normally used by security forces when disguising vehicles for specific reasons.

While insisting police had not found the kidnapped billionaire, the IGP encouraged civilians, especially the well-to-do, to own guns as a means of protection, saying the billionaire had not carried his gun with him on the fateful day. This statement raises questions as to how they know about it when they are insisting Mo has not yet been found.

Emphasising that so far security forces in Tanzania do not see any need to seek external help, he urged the people to trust their police force, but he failed to answer a reporter’s question on a rising trend of kidnapping incidents in Tanzania in which politicians, artists, activists and journalists have been victimised, as police keep constantly blaming those incidents on “unknown people,” and no thorough investigation is being done.

After Sirro’s press conference, social media discussions were rife with outright criticism of his statement. A good number of them are doubting police readiness, efficiency and seriousness.

One government source anonymously told SAUTI KUBWA: “These incidents and subsequent statements by authorities are clearly putting the integrity of our police and government authorities on the line. Let’s keep connecting the dots, we will soon know the real abductors.”

 

 

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  1. sukuma 4 weeks ago
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    Inspector general of police thinks Tanzanians and not understand the the way he tried to fool the reporters and I presume he could the reporters and can understand why the right questions not asked.They would dare not ask

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    • Val 4 weeks ago
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      Very poor English, poor grammar and it appears the had no clue of what he/she was writing about!

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      • Mgosey 4 weeks ago
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        Val, I think you need to clean your house before criticizing others. Did you read your comment after all?

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      • Weroki 4 weeks ago
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        🤦‍♀️! I think it’s okay to coment in any language!

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  2. Babului 4 weeks ago
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    The news of “kidnapping” of Mo Dewji is very troubling. From the beginning, it appears the authorities did not do their homework very well in preparation for onslaught of questions from local and international media. There were so many conflicting reports from several “official” sources that quickly painted an impression that it was an “inside” job. The chief executive of the city Mayor Makonda started with a startling announcement that Mo Dewji has been found “unharmed” and those responsible for his “kidnapping” had been arrested. His announcement was quickly “refuted” or “corrected” by another “official” source that said, Mo Dewji had not been found and his captors believed to be foreigners were still at large. Meanwhile, the government was silent and did not issue any statement on the event regarding Mo – a person who not only employs over 20,000 people but whose wealth is also responsible for nearly two fifth of the country’s GDP..!
    Mo’s disappearance has now become a thorn in Tanzania’s economy and would be investors who may want to start businesses in the country. This event has caused an alarm to them that our country may no longer be safe or stable, and whatever is the outcome of Mo’s unfortunate disappearance could cement their fear. There is also another fear that has been created. When the country’s security agencies give unprepared statements that either “foreigners” or “outsiders” penetrated our borders and plucked one of our own out of the country and took him away – that alone put in question our preparedness on those who may want to harm us. Such statements if not true are unfortunate, foolish and shocking. Let us hope that this sad event will be solved soon and our Mo will be returned unharmed.

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    • BkbGirl 4 weeks ago
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      @Babului
      Eat your comments🍴

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  3. Peter Phillip 4 weeks ago
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    When you read between the lines,body language and circumstances of he incident,the only and just answer one gets is “foul play” committed by state machinery!

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  4. Saidi R Fundikira 4 weeks ago
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    None for now

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  5. Bahati 4 weeks ago
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    You are a big liar, you only want to defile the government. Most of the people see you like a mad person, your age and what you always did does not match. Sirro didn’t say the picture shown comes from the CCTV cameras. You better proceed washing whites clothes pretending the government want to kill you so that you can get food and shelter. The real men went in Europe by fighting and hassling not by using lies.

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    • Ansbert Ngurumo 4 weeks ago
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      The government is a self-defiler. Just connects the dots and get full message. Don’t shoot the messenger. I am just happy that this life has been saved.

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  6. BkbGirl 4 weeks ago
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    Listen to the police reports/videos. They did not say that the picture was taken at the hotel. They clearly state that they followed the route from the hotel EITHER Silver Sands or Kabwe. That indicates the LAST point they could TRACE using ALL available CCTV cameras on the route from the hotel. With that information they were able to TRACE the car and driver to Mozambique. In one of the videos they state confirmation of the driver.
    From that, it easy to conclude that PRESSURE was on against the ABDUCTORS. It got worse for them with police announcing going door to door. Clearly the ABDUCTORS had to abandon their plans and vehicle. The rest is HISTORY!
    If this is the case: KUDOS TO THE POLICE👌👏👏👏.
    #Moisback🙏

    For Lema and friends:

    Kuhusu usaidizi kutoka nje, Kamanda Sirro amesema: “Tukiona kuna hiyo sababu tutamshauri Amiri jeshi Mkuu mheshimiwa Rais. kwa hali tuliyo nayo sidhani kama ipo sababu,” amesema Sirro.

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  7. Mark 3 weeks ago
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    I’m trying to figure out as to the motive of the kidnapping in the first place. News is, the kidnappers asked for ransom. Did the ransom get paid? If so, there doesn’t seem to be a coordinated effort to make sure government policies (if any) on kidnapping are enforced. That is, I’m assuming there’s some kind of policy/directive that the government of the URT does not succumb to extortion and therefore ransoms are not looked kindly upon. I haven’t found any information accepting or denying ransom payment. Now this brings into question as to why the kidnappers would let their victim go. It doesn’t add up.

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  8. Jaimee 3 weeks ago
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    To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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