Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Tanzanian billionaire abducted by unidentified men

Tanzanian billionaire abducted by unidentified men

The businessman and former politician was reportedly pursued by numerous armed individuals as he made his way into a Dar Es Salaam hotel.

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.

Dewji's conglomerate, the METL Group, operates in over 35 industries such as trading, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, petroleum, financial services, mobile telephony, infrastructure and real estate, transport, logistics and distribution.

An Uber driver who was dropping a passenger at the hotel at the time of the abduction described events to Tanzania's The Citizen...

"Three people have already been arrested but we can't divulge their identity for the moment", he said.

Eye witnesses said that the kidnappers who had their faces covered, shot in the air before they grabbed the businessman and took off with him.

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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.

In 2013, he became the first Tanzanian to grace the cover of Forbes magazine and was named Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2015.

Mr Dewji is the owner and chief executive of the multibillion-dollar Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group).

Dewji, 43, has a net worth of $1.5 billion and is Tanzania's only billionaire, according to Forbes.

He is also the main shareholder in Tanzania's Simba FC football club. According to Forbes, the billionaire signed the Giving Pledge in 2016, promising to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes.

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