Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Mohammed Dewji: Africa's youngest billionaire abducted by masked gunmen

Update: Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji rescued Mohammed Dewji kidnapped in Tanzania – Entertainment
Steven Clarke | 11 October, 2018, 21:42

Dar es Salaam special zone police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said security personnel around the county have been put on high alert in the hunt for the abductors.

Environment Minister January Makamba, a friend of Mr Dewji, tweeted that he had spoken to Mr Dewji's father and the family confirmed that he had been kidnapped.

The kidnappers, two of which were described as white men, fired shots into the air before peeling off with Dewji in a vehicle, witnesses said.

"There were two white people involved, we are yet to establish the motives behind abduction", Mr Mambosasa said, adding that investigations are underway. "This kind of incident is new here".

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 Washington DC.

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He is also the main sponsor of the Tanzanian premier league club champions, Simba.

Dewji was elected to parliament on the CCM ticket but did not seek re-election to his seat in the 2015 election.

Eye witnesses said that the kidnappers who had their faces covered, shot in the air before they grabbed the businessman and took off with him.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda was among government officials who arrived at the scene.

According to Forbes, Dewji has an estimated net worth of US$1.54 billion (Sh1.54 trillion), and is the 17th richest person in Africa.

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