Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped and held for 10 days in October last year, says he was ready to die, having been disoriented by his captivity.
43-year-old Dewji, who is widely considered to be Africa’s youngest billionaire, told the BBC he asked his kidnappers to shoot him. He was speaking to mainstream media for the first time since he was abducted outside a hotel gym in the country’s main city, Dar es Salaam.
Why I asked kidnapper to shoot me
Dewji said he was disoriented and blindfolded at the time he asked the kidnappers to end his life.
You get disoriented, youre tired, because its a form of torture.
“I was blindfolded and there were times they kept on threatening me with guns to my head and five days, six days into it I was thinking I was losing my eye sight,” Dewji narrated.
“[The kidnapper] was like ‘I’m going to shoot you’ and I was like ‘you can shoot me and kill me’, because I was losing it. You get disoriented, you’re tired, because it’s a form of torture.”