Mohammed Dewji: Africa's 'youngest billionaire' abducted in Tanzania

A record design taken on Apr 23, 2015, shows Tanzanian businessman Mohammed Dewji during his bureau in Dar es SalaamImage copyright

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Financial repository Forbes says Mohammed Dewji is value $1.5bn (£980m)

The male pronounced to be Africa’s youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania’s categorical city Dar es Salaam, military say.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, was abducted outward a swanky hotel gym where he was going for his slight morning workout.

Three people have been arrested in tie with a occurrence and dual of a abductors were believed to be unfamiliar nationals, military added.

The ground for Mr Dewji’s abduction is still unclear.

Who is Mohammed Dewji?

Financial repository Forbes puts his resources during $1.5bn (£980m), and has described him as Tanzania’s usually billionaire.

In a 2017 report, it pronounced Mr Dewji was Africa’s youngest billionaire.

Mr Dewji is also a vital unite of one of Tanzania’s biggest football teams, Simba.

He betrothed in 2016 to present during slightest half his fortune to munificent causes, Forbes said.

Mr Dewji, locally famous as Mo, is credited with branch his family business from a indiscriminate and sell craving into a pan-African conglomerate, reports a BBC’s Athuman Mtulya from Dar es Salaam.

His company, MeTL, has interests in weave manufacturing, flour milling, beverages and succulent oils in during slightest 6 African states.

Mr Dewji served as a statute celebration MP for a decade until 2015. He told a BBC in a 2014 talk that this presumably done it easier for him to accommodate tip politicians, though it did not give him an astray advantage, as other businessmen also had entrance to them.

Media captionTanzania’s Mohammed Dewji spoke to a BBC in 2014

Environment Minister Jan Makamba, a crony of Mr Dewji, tweeted that he had oral to Mr Dewji’s father and a family reliable that he had been kidnapped.

‘Relaxed proceed to security’

By Caroline Lewis, former MeTL employee

Mohammed Dewji has outrageous luminary station in Tanzania. You would be tough pulpy to find a chairman in Dar es Salaam who did not know of Mohammed or a Dewji family and he would mostly pull vast crowds during open events.

But notwithstanding his resources and celebrity he has always been impossibly loose in his proceed to confidence – in fact all a Dewji family were.

He never changed with confidence guards or bouncers and would mostly cocktail out to a gym on his lunch mangle or to accommodate friends after work unaccompanied.

In his day to day life he didn’t demeanour like a billionaire – he was a friendly, agreeable immature male going about his business.

What some-more do we know about his abduction?

The abduction took place in a abundant community of Oysterbay.

The kidnappers dismissed shots in a atmosphere before pushing divided with a billionaire, eyewitnesses said.

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Police officers check Mohammed Dewji’s car after his abduction

Mr Dewji, a aptness enthusiast, had no confidence guards with him and had driven to a gym on his own, Dar es Salaam informal military commissioner Paul Makonda told reporters.

Two of a kidnappers were white men, he added.

Security crew opposite Tanzania have been put on high warning in a hunt for a abductors, military said.

Are kidnappings common in Dar es Salaam?

By Athuman Mtulya, BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

The city’s name comes from Arabic, and literally means Abode of Peace. And Dar es Salaam is really safe, in comparison to Lagos or Johannesburg, a categorical cities in Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

Although Tanzania has seen a call attacks and abductions of antithesis politicians and viewed supervision critics, this is a initial time a businessman of Mr Dewji’s station has been kidnapped in a country.

Businessmen have never felt during risk of being kidnapped and they mostly pierce around on their own. Some might have chauffeurs, though not bodyguards. So Mr Dewji’s abduction has come as a outrageous shock.

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