Ethiopian Businessman Kidnapped in Cape Town

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Kings in Cape Hotel owned by Solomon Ketema.

Source: Addis Fortune 

Solomon Ketema, a well-known businessman in Addis Abeba with name in the hospitality industry, has been reported missing in Cape Town, according to South African police. Close associates of the businessman suspect that he might have been kidnapped by people with criminal intention.

Solomon, 60, is known in Addis Abeba for owning restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. From a Chinese restaurant on Ras Desta Damtew St., near Ghion Hotel, to Hotel Concord on Sierra Leone St., near Beqlo Bet area, he is an old hand in the city’s hospitality industry. Both of these hotels were sold to other operators while he remains to own two hotels in Sar Bet and Qality areas under the brand, King’s In Cape Hotel.

Solomon moved to South Africa few years ago where he had invested in a property under the brand King’s. This hotel also runs a restaurant under the name, Sheba Restaurant. It is located in Cape Town, where he is believed to have been kidnapped outside his home on Wednesday.

A daily in the city, Cape Argus, reported that the police have been tight-lipped, claiming “the circumstances surrounding a kidnapping case are being investigated”.

“The vehicle was recovered in Langa on the same day,” police spokesman Andre Traut told the newspaper on Thursday. “Due to the nature of our investigation into the matter, no further information will be released.”

Solomon had been abducted as he was driving his silver Mercedes-Benz into the parking lot of the block where he has a flat, sources told the Cape Argus. Another source described to the daily the matter as “sensitive.”

Fortune was unable to reach members of his family up until press time. His family reside in the United States, according to Abera Hiibiso, general manager of King’s Hotel in Addis Abeba. He learnt about the kidnapping of his boss from the social media, although he told Fortune he spoke to him on the phone on Tuesday.

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BY KALEAB MINDA
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 15, 2013