Africa's Youngest Billionaire Kidnapped Outside Hotel Gym In Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam - An Uber taxi driver said on Thursday, 11 October 2018 how prominent businessman, Mohammed Dewji (MO), was abducted at Colosseum Hotel in Dar es Salaam at around 5:00AM.

But Mr Makonda was only assuring the people that his team is working round the clock to make sure that Tanzanians get the good news.

Two of the kidnappers were white men, he added.

The abductors, who are believed to be foreign nationals, accessed the gym through gates that are believed to have been left open deliberately, Dar es Salaam regional police commissioner Lazaro Mambosaso told CNN.

The motive for the kidnapping is still unknown, although police expect this to be a "ransom" kidnapping.

Mohammed Dewji, owner and president of the multibillion-dollar revenue Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (MeTL Group), was abducted after he arrived for a morning workout at a luxury hotel in the country's commercial capital.

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Unlike Mr Lissu, Mr Dewji, who served as a ruling party MP until 2015, has been careful to demonstrate his loyalty to Tanzania's increasingly authoritarian leader on numerous occasions.

Dewji was the first Tanzanian to be featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine in 2013 and has been featured on three separate occasions.

He is also the main shareholder in Tanzania's Simba FC football club. Another vehicle remained outside.

Witnesses, including the guards manning the gate at the hotel, were being questioned, he said.

They then sped off while shooting in the air.

Mr Dewji is worth $2 billion, according to Forbes who profiled him recently.

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