Africa’s Youngest Billionaire Kidnapped in Tanzania But is Now Back Home


Tanzanian businessman Mohammed Dewji was released early Saturday after being kidnapped earlier this month in Dar es Salaam (AFP)

Tanzanian businessman Mohammed Dewji was released early Saturday after being kidnapped earlier this month in Dar es Salaam (AFP)

Kidnapped Tanzanian billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, has been released and is safe and well in his home.

In a message on his Twitter, Africa’s youngest billionaire confirmed the news to his followers after he was abducted by ‘white gunmen’ nine days ago in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, who has an estimated wealth of $1.5billion (£980 million), was kidnapped on his way to the gym outside a luxury hotel in the city on October 11th.

 

‘I thank Allah that I have returned home safely. I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers,’ he said in the tweeted message.

‘I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the Police Force for working for my safe return.’

His father Gullam Dewji confirmed his son’s release in comments to the Tanzanian daily Mwanachi. His uncle, Azim Dewji said the kidnappers had released him early Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital.

The family had offered a reward of half a million dollars (£382,497) for information that would help police find him.

Tanzanian police said Friday they had identified the driver of a vehicle used in the kidnapping and were making progress in their investigation.

Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told journalists that the assailants had ‘shot into the air’ before bustling Dewji into their car.

Mohammed Dewji heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry.

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He 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 named Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2015.

Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania’s Simba FC football club.

According to Forbes he is 17th on the list of Africa’s billionaires, and worth $1.5 billion (£1.14 billion).

Dewji is married with three children. In 2016 he signed a pledge to donate at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes, according to Forbes.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.





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