Africa's youngest billionaire 'had no security detail with him when he was kidnapped'
- Police in Tanzania have reportedly said that Africa's youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, 40, who was kidnapped in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, had no security detail with him when he was abducted.
Dewji was kidnapped on Thursday morning by gunmen in Tanzania's economic capital, AFP reported.
Dewji headed the MeTL Group which operated in at least 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry. He was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel in the city.
"Initial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites travelling in two vehicles," regional governor Paul Makonda told journalists, adding that "this kind of incident is new here".
According to BBC, police said that Dewji "had no security detail with him and drove to the gym on his own". One of Dewji’s employees, Caroline Lewis, said that Dewji had huge celebrity status in the country. "You would be hard pressed to find a person in Dar es Salaam who did not know of Mohammed or the Dewji family and he would often draw large crowds at public events.
"But despite his wealth and celebrity he is always incredibly relaxed in his approach to security, like the rest of the Dewji family," BBC quoted Lewis
as saying. Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States. He also served as a Member of Parliament from 2005 to 2015. In 2013 he became the first Tanzanian to grace the cover of Forbes magazine, and was in 2015 named Forbes Africa Person of the Year.
Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania's Simba FC football club.
Air Namibia 'cancels all flights to Zim'
- Air Namibia has reportedly cancelled flights to Zimbabwe after one of its aircraft was impounded by authorities in Harare last week. This followed reports that a Zimbabwean man was trying to sue Air Namibia for $1m after airline officials allegedly barred him and his family from travelling to Turkey. According to The Namibian, in a statement this week, the airline's spokesperson, Paul Nakawa, said flights to Zimbabwe would be cancelled pending the finalisation of the matter. "The airline has resolved to divert the current flights between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Victoria Falls to Livingstone, Zambia, for the period October 6 to October 27.
NAMIBIA 15 dead as riverboat sinks in DRC
- At least 15 people drowned when an overcrowded and dilapidated riverboat sank in northwest Democratic republic of Congo, local sources said Thursday, in the latest shipwreck disaster to hit the vast central African country. The death toll may be much higher, with differing reports of how many people were aboard the boat, which had travelled from the Central African Republic before capsizing in the Ubangi River last Saturday night."Fifteen of my constituents drowned in the shipwreck," Gbodi Kete, an official for the Bosobolo territory in DRC's North Ubangi province, told AFP.
UBANGI RIVER 100-year-old inmate seeks pardon
- A 100 year-old Nigerian man who was sentenced to death on a kidnapping and murder charge is reportedly seeking pardon. According to BBC, Celestine Egbunuche, was known as "Nigeria's oldest prisoner" and had so far spent 18 years in jail. Egbunuche along with his son Paul, 41, – who was now responsible for his well-being in prison - were sentenced to death in 2014 after being jailed in 2000 for hiring people to kidnap and kill a man over an alleged land dispute in Imo state, the report said. Egbunuche turned 100 in August and a non-governmental organisation, Global Society for Anti-Corruption (GSAC), was spearheading a campaign for him to be freed.
ABUJA Obasanjo endorses opposition candidate
- Nigeria's former ruler Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday backed his ex-deputy to beat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in elections next year, in a cautious endorsement after a yearslong feud.Atiku Abubakar, who is referred to across Nigeria by his first name, was Obasanjo's deputy from the return of civilian rule in 1999 until 2007. Their relationship soured over Obasanjo's bid to change the Constitution to allow him to seek a third term of office, and Abubakar's desire to replace him as head of state.
ABUJA EU wants body’s independence strengthened
- The European Union Election Observation Mission says ZEC should develop the results management process to enhance verifiability and traceability. The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission has presented its final report on Zimbabwe’s elections and has made 23 recommendations to improve the quality of polls in that troubled country. On Wednesday the EU Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Zimbabwe has presented its final report on the disputed 30 July 2018 harmonised elections won by ZANU-PF strongman, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
KIDNAPPED: Africa’s Youngest Billionaire Mohammed Dewji.