Africa's youngest bil­lion­aire kid­napped in Tan­za­nia

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA -

AFRICA’S youngest bil­lion­aire has been kid­napped by gun­men in Dar es Salaam, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. Mo­hammed Dewji, aged 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.

The re­gional gover­nor, Paul Makonda, said: “Ini­tial in­for­ma­tion in­di­cates he was kid­napped by whites trav­el­ling in two ve­hi­cles. This kind of in­ci­dent is new here.”

Lazaro Mam­bosasa, the Dar es Salaam po­lice chief, told a press con­fer­ence the kid­nap­pers had “shot into the air” be­fore bundling Dewji into a car. He said po­lice were look­ing for sus­pects and had al­ready made ar­rests.

Dewji was born in Tan­za­nia and stud­ied at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton DC. He served as an MP from 2005 to 2015. In 2013, he be­came the first Tan­zan- ian 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 is ranked 17th by Forbes on its list of Africa’s bil­lion­aires.

Dewji is mar­ried with three chil­dren. In 2016, he signed a pledge to do­nate at least half his for­tune to phil­an­thropic causes.

Dewji

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