Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mohammed Dewji, Africa’s youngest billionaire, kidnapped in broad daylight in Tanzania

Mohammed Dewji, Africa’s youngest billionaire, kidnapped in broad daylight in Tanzania

A normally sleepy city, Dar es Salaam is not known for high intrigue, and there has certainly never been a case of white men kidnapping prominent individuals reported before.

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.

The abductors, who are believed to be foreign nationals, accessed the gym through gates that are believed to have been left open deliberately, Dar es Salaam regional police commissioner Lazaro Mambosaso told CNN.

Police have launched a manhunt into circumstances that led to the abduction of Mr Dewji who ranks as one of the richest Tanzanians at Colosseum Hotel as he walked into a gym. Dewji said in 2015 that it had revenues of $2-billion (R29.2-billion) and employed 24,000 people.

Dewji was the first Tanzanian to be featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine in 2013 and has been featured on three separate occasions.

"They came in a vehicle to the hotel and started shooting in the air before they took him away".

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.

He also sponsors the Tanzanian soccer club, Simba.

Mohammed Dewji is 17th on the list of Africa's billionaires, and worth $1.5 billion, says Forbes.

Dewji is Africa's youngest billionaire and runs the METL group, a family business founded by his father in the 1970s, that operates across six African countries.

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