Arusha Times (Arusha)

15 December 2012

Tanzania: Tanzanite Dealer Found Dead in Hotel Room

An Arusha based Tanzanite dealer, Ngerii Olerumwa (40) was found dead on December 4, 2012 in Premier Palace Hotel, Makao Mapya where the United Republic of Tanzania Members of Parliament Sports squad had also lodged.

The room attendant who had failed to get a response from inside the room where the late dealer had slept the previous night discovered Olerumwa's body in one of the hotel rooms at 9:30am on that day.

According to eyewitnesses, including the hotel manager who chose to remain anonymous, the late Olerumwa checked into the room at about 7:00 pm the previous evening.

The manager further explained the late dealer had arrived alone at the hotel and he was the last customer to take a room that evening.

The manager said they had to break into the room after they had failed to get any response from inside. On entry, the hotel staff again failed to wake the man and Police were informed about the incident.

On arrival, Police took statements from the hotel staff including the watchmen.

The late dealer's relatives were stunned by the abrupt death of their kin speculating he could have been murdered by unknown people. They appealed to Police force to make thorough investigations to identify suspects that could be linked to the incident.

The Arusha Regional Police Commander (RPC) Liberatus Sabas confirmed the incident and added that investigations on the death were on going.

RPC Sabas told reporters that the remains of the late Olerumwa were taken to Arusha Regional Hospital's morgue for preservation awaiting forensic checks and burial arrangement by his relatives.

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