Africa's Youngest Billionaire Kidnapped Outside Hotel Gym In Tanzania

12 October, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Mohammed Dewji 43 has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion according to Forbes /FILE

Mohammed "Mo" Dewji was abducted outside the oceanfront Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, BBC News reported.

Two of the kidnappers were white men, he added.

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.

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

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

His conglomerate, the METL Group, operates in over 35 industries as diverse as trading, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and petroleum, financial services, mobile telephony, infrastructure and real estate, transport, logistics and distribution.


An Uber driver who was dropping a passenger at the hotel at the time of the abduction described events to Tanzania's The Citizen...

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

Mohammed Dewji, a Tanzanian business tycoon said to be Africa's youngest billionaire, photographed during an interview at his office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, April 23, 2015.

"Three people have already been arrested but we can't divulge their identity for the moment", he said. "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.

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.

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