Police in Dar es Salaam have arrested at least 30 people for questioning in connection with the kidnapping of billionaire Mohammed Dewji on Thursday.
Mr Dewji was kidnapped by an armed gang in the wee hours of Thursday, October 11, as he entered a gym at Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club.
According to Dar police, among those in police custody are three hotel workers and five security guards, who were manning the facility when the incident occurred.
Dar police boss Lazaro Mambosasa said that the 12 are being questioned to establish what really transpired, and the motive of the kidnapping.
According to a taxi driver who witnessed the drama, four masked men fired in the air and forced their way into the hotel, upon which all the guards on duty scampered away.
Shortly afterwards, the raiders emerged from the hotel with Mr Dewji and drove away in a car towards Masaki neighbourhood of Dar.
Mr Dewji, popularly known as “MO Dewji”, is the owner of MeTL, a Tanzanian business conglomerate, and one of the youngest billionaires in Africa.
The motive of the kidnapping of the former politician is still unknown as police intensify the search.