Adding to the confusion, the town’s police chief, Lazaro Mambosasa, was broadly reported as saying that Mr Dewji had been rescued, solely to retract the declare later, saying he was misquoted.
A usually sleepy metropolis, Dar es Salaam just isn’t identified for prime intrigue, and there has actually by no means been a case of white males kidnapping outstanding people reported earlier than.
Nevertheless, crime involving well-known figures is on the rise. Wayne Lotter, an elephant conservationist investigating ivory-trafficking networks, was murdered within the metropolis final yr.
In September final yr, Tundu Lissu, the opposition chief whip and an outspoken critic of President Magufuli, was sprayed with gunfire outdoors his house in Dodoma, the Tanzanian capital. Docs in neighbouring Kenya eliminated 9 bullets from his physique.
In contrast to Mr Lissu, Mr Dewji, who served as a ruling get together MP till 2015, has been cautious to exhibit his loyalty to Tanzania’s more and more authoritarian chief on quite a few events.
Nevertheless, there have been reported tensions between the 2.
Mr Dewji, who at 43 is Africa’s youngest billionaire, is in impact Tanzania’s solely oligarch. Mirroring Russia’s Roman Abramovich, he made a fortune — estimated at USD 1.three billion — by shopping for up failing state-owned factories on a budget throughout a wave of privatisations between 2003 and 2005. He then took over one in every of Tanzania’s greatest soccer golf equipment.
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