Africa's 'youngest' billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania

Hunt on as Tanzanian billionaire Mohamed Dewji abducted in Dar

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, the owner and president of the multi-billion dollar revenue Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group), was seized as he arrived for a morning workout at a luxury hotel in the country's commercial capital.

The Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander, Mr Lazaro Mambosasa confirmed the reports, saying the famous businessman may have been kidnapped by people he described as White.

Mr Dewji studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Dewji was elected to parliament on the CCM ticket but did not seek re-election to his seat in the 2015 election.

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

Shots were fired as Mohammed Dewji, 43, was snatched from the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Dar es Salaam and driven away by a gang of four men at dawn.

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.

They then pulled him into their vehicle and sped off while shooting in the air.

He drove himself to them gym, located in the affluent town of Oyster Bay, and had no security guards with him at the time, Dar es Salaam regional police commissioner Paul Makonda said.

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