Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Africa's 'youngest billionaire' abducted in Tanzania

Africa's 'youngest billionaire' abducted in Tanzania

A normally sleepy city, Dar es Salaam is not known for high intrigue, and there has certainly never been a case of white men kidnapping prominent individuals reported before.

Forbes business magazine puts Dewji's wealth at $1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) and describes him as Africa's youngest billionaire.

"Also in the report, the Dar es Salaam police chief, Lazaro Mambosasa, at a press conferences said the kidnappers had "shot into the air" before bundling Mr Dewji into a vehicle".

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States.

He is also a shareholder in the famous Simba Club in Dar es Salaam.

He promised in 2016 to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes, Forbes said. 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.

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

He served two terms in the Tanzania parliament before he resigned in 2015 to dedicate more time to the family business.

In the video Mr Makonda said in Kiswahili: "And the good news is that Mo [Mr Dewji's nickname] has been found and the kidnappers arrested".

"There were two white people involved, we are yet to establish the motives behind abduction", Mr Mambosasa said, adding that investigations are underway.

An Uber driver nearby said when Mr Dewji appeared, the auto parked inside flashed lights before the two white men alighted from their vehicle and went straight to where Dewji was. So Mr Dewji's abduction has come as a huge shock.

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