Tanzanian billionaire abducted by unidentified men

Tanzanian billionaire abducted by unidentified men

Kerry Wise
October 12, 2018

A taxi driver nearby said when Mr Dewji appeared, the vehicle parked inside flashed lights before the two white men alighted and seized him.

"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 auto".

It is believed that the abductors had access to guarded hotel grounds because its gates were "believed to have been left open deliberately", suggesting that they may have had help from hotel staff. Mambosasa also revealed that several suspects, including hotel staff, were interviewed and multiple arrests have already been made.

Mr Dewji studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Dewji, 43, is the owner of Tanzanian industrial conglomerate MeTL Group and has served as a lawmaker for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party.

Eye witnesses said four unidentified people arrived before the businessman and parked at the hotel.

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Makonda said police have tightened security at all border points and airports to ensure that the two white men who were seen on surveillance video did not leave the East African nation.

Mohammed Dewji is 17th on the list of Africa's billionaires, and worth $1.5 billion, says Forbes.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda cautioned the public against speculation.

According to reports, the 44-year-old mogul was walking into the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam for his routine gym session during the early hours of Thursday morning when two white men and an unknown number of accomplices in two cars waylaid him and quickly drove away.

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