Africa's Youngest Billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, Abducted In Tanzania

Africa's Youngest Billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, Abducted In Tanzania

Three people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and two are believed to be foreign nationals, police said.

The police boss said the suspects fired in the air as they drove away with Mr Dewji. He was abducted by two foreigners, the Swahili Times reported on Twitter, citing Mambosasa.

Mr Dewji, who is a fitness enthusiast, was kidnapped by four masked men outside a swanky hotel gym in an affluent neighbourhood of Tanzania's commercial capital, where he was going for his routine morning workout.

With a reputation as one of East Africa's leading forces in regional trade and business development, Dewji served in parliament from 2005 until 2015.

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

In 2013, he became the first Tanzanian to be on the cover of Forbes magazine, and was named Forbes Africa person of the year in 2015.

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His current net worth is about US$1.5 billion, according to the Forbes Billionaires list.

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.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda was among government officials who arrived at the scene.

Dewji heads up the METL Group, which was established in the 1970s by his father and calls itself Tanzania's "largest home-grown company", according to its website.

In 2016, Dewji signed The Giving Pledge in 2016 and promised to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes.

He is also the main sponsor of the Tanzanian premier league club champions, Simba.

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