The youngest billionaire in Africa has been kidnapped in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital city.
Mohammed Dewji is a Tanzanian businessman and former politician who owns MeTL Group, a Tanzanian conglomerate founded by his father in the 1970s. According to reports, the 43-year-old was abducted as he was walking into the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam at around 6:30 a.m. local time on Thursday morning. This is the usual time that he goes to work out.
Suddenly two white men and other unknown accomplices grabbed him, put him in a car and drove away in two cars. According to Forbes, security has been put on high alert throughout the country. Dar es Salaam special zone police commander Lazaro Mambosasa wants anyone to report any information they know about the abduction.
“They came in a car to the hotel and started shooting in the air before they took him away. We are questioning the staff who were on duty at the time,” the commissioner said.
Dewji’s METL Group operates in more than 35 industries in trading, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and petroleum, financial services, mobile telephony, infrastructure and real estate, transport, logistics, and distribution. He is also well-known for developing local employment and manufacturing in East and Central Africa.
Dewji’s has a net worth of $1.5 billion.