Kidnapped! Africa’s Richest Big Boy

Africaโ€™s youngest billionaire was kidnapped on Thursday morning by gunmen in Tanzaniaโ€™s economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said.

Mohammed Dewji, 40, who heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel in the city.

โ€œInitial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites travelling in two vehicles,โ€ regional governor Paul Makonda told journalists, adding that โ€œthis kind of incident is new hereโ€.

Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa also implicated foreigners in the crime during a press conference, adding they had โ€œshot into the airโ€ before bustling Dewji into their car.

He said police were hunting for suspects and had already made arrests.

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States. He also served as a member of parliament from 2005 to 2015.

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

Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzaniaโ€™s Simba FC football club.

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