Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Tanzania: Africa's youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewj kidnapped

Hunt on as Tanzanian billionaire Mohamed Dewji abducted in Dar Africa's youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji abducted in Dar
Jeannette Daniel | 11 October, 2018, 21:41

"I personally saw the person to be Mo Dewji".

A local daily in Tanzania says, Dewji was kidnapped on his way to the Oysterbay for routine gym exercise.

He was abducted by two foreigners, the Swahili Times reported on Twitter, citing Mambosasa.

During a recent press conference, the city's police chief Lazaro Mambosasa went on to reveal that the kidnappers "shot into the air" before forcing Dewji into a auto.

Businessmen have never felt at risk of being kidnapped and they often move around on their own.

News of the incident spread fast as social media users shared the development, sending shockwaves the country.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, who is said to have a fortune of $1.5bn (£1.1bn) and is the president of MeTL Group, which operates in about 10 countries across sectors ranging from agriculture to transport and food, was abducted as he entered a hotel gym.

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States.

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Dewji is also a major sponsor of Tanzania soccer team Simba SC and served two terms in Tanzania's parliament, retiring in early 2015.

The police chief said three people have been arrested and are being questioned.

"They (the four were masked individuals) fired one bullet in the air and all the hotel security guards ran away", he said. Another vehicle remained outside.

An Uber driver nearby said when Mr Dewji appeared, the auto parked inside flashed lights before the two white men alighted from their vehicle and went straight to where Dewji was.

They then pulled him into their auto and sped off while shooting in the air.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda cautioned the public against speculation.

Dewji, who according to Forbes is Africa's youngest billionaire, was elected to parliament on the CCM ticket but did not seek re-election to his seat in the 2015 election.

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