Africa's youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 11, 2018

But Mr Makonda was only assuring the people that his team is working round the clock to make sure that Tanzanians get the good news.

Mr Dewji, popularly known as Mo, was abducted as he walked into the exclusive Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club, in Oyster Bay, an affluent neighbourhood in northwest Dar es Salaam.

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

Dar es Salaam special zone commander said security police around the country, including at airports and all exit points have been put on high alert in the hunt for the abductors.

"There were two white people involved, we are yet to establish the motives behind abduction", Mr Mambosasa said, adding that investigations are underway.

Mohammed Dewji, owner and president of the multibillion-dollar revenue Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (MeTL Group), was abducted after he arrived for a morning workout at a luxury hotel in the country's commercial capital.

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

He served two terms in the Tanzania parliament before he resigned in 2015 to dedicate more time to the family business.

In 2013, he became the first Tanzanian to be on the cover of Forbes magazine, and was named Forbes Africa person of the year in 2015.

Dewji is also the main shareholder in Simba football club, based in Dar es Salaam.

He said police were looking for suspects and had already made arrests.

The kidnappers fired shots in the air before driving away with the billionaire, eyewitnesses said.

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

Police in Dar es Salaam are investigating the alleged kidnapping.

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