Africa's youngest bil­lion­aire 'had no se­cu­rity de­tail with him when he was kid­napped'

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- 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'

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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.

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