Africa's youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji abducted in Dar

Lester Mason
October 11, 2018

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda confirmed the rescue, adding that suspects who are all foreigners have been arrested.

Mr Dewji was kidnapped by unknown people early Thursday morning as he went for his routine gym session at Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam.

Although Tanzania has seen a wave attacks and abductions of opposition politicians and perceived government critics, this is the first time a businessman of Mr Dewji's standing has been kidnapped in the country.

A taxi driver nearby said when Mr Dewji appeared, the auto parked inside flashed lights before the two white men alighted and seized him.

Authorities are yet to establish the motive for the kidnapping and where they are keeping the businessman.

A former lawmaker, Dewji is the owner and president of the multi-billion dollar revenue Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group).

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

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

Unlike Mr Lissu, Mr Dewji, who served as a ruling party MP until 2015, has been careful to demonstrate his loyalty to Tanzania's increasingly authoritarian leader on numerous occasions.

Witnesses, including the guards manning the gate at the hotel, were being questioned, he said.

A nationwide hunt is under way for Mr Dewji, estimated to be worth $1.5 billion, and road blocks have been set up in the area, police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said.

Three women are among the 55 richest people in Africa, according to Ventures magazine.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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