Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Mozambique police hunt for kidnapped ‘drug baron’

14 November 2014, 09:28

Maputo - A large police operation was launched on Thursday after a wealthy Mozambican businessman, branded a "drug baron" by the US government, was kidnapped at gunpoint.

Momade Bachir Suleman was seized by a group of gunmen reportedly armed with AK-47 assault rifles from a mosque in a shopping centre in the capital Maputo.

Police spokesperson Orlando Mudumane said he was bundled into a Toyota Prado 4x4.

Known locally as MBS, Suleman was in 2010 branded a "significant foreign narcotics trafficker" under the "Kingpin Act".


He was subjected to a US assets freeze and visa ban, but remains well connected to Mozambique's political and economic elite.

His last known public appearance came at a local business association banquet in September when he was seated close to president-elect Filipe Nyusi.

Also read: Well known Moz 'drug kingpin' kidnapped in mall

Suleman has reportedly made large donations to Nyusi's Frelimo party, which has ruled Mozambique since independence from Portugal nearly 40 years ago.

He lives down the street from the presidential palace in a mansion boasting a large chandelier and a glass-walled entryway.

In a statement Suleman's family called on the police to do all they can to speed his safe return.

He is the latest in a series of prominent Maputo businessmen kidnapped in recent years.

Mozambique is an important transit point for heroin and other drugs into Africa.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Raila ungrateful for my help, MP ...

An MP says that he made ODM famous in Meru and has accused the party of ungratefulness despite his hard work. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
I'm ready for by-election today, ...

I'm ready for a by election, an angry ODM rebel MP tells Raila Odinga. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
ODM kicks 6 MPs out of Parliament...

ODM has kicked 6 rebel members out of house committees. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Karua now headed to Jubilee?

Is Martha Karua now headed to the Jubilee Coalition? Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Kenneth defends move to support U...

Peter Kenneth says that moving to support President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party is his democratic choice. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
How to keep her interested

It is not only men who lose interest in relationships. Read more...