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13 October 2018, 10:20 | Devin Moran
Mohammed Dewji kidnapped in Tanzania – Entertainment
Police in Tanzania have rescued Tanzanian businessman and former member of parliament for the ruling CCM party, Mohammed Dewji from abductors who was seized by unidentified men in Dar es Salaam on Thursday morning, officials said.
The kidnappers, two of which were described as white men, fired shots into the air before peeling off with Dewji in a vehicle, witnesses said.
He said police were searching for two white men considered the main suspects.
Dewji runs MeTL, a multi-establishment company operating in six African countries which was founded by his father in the 1970s.
As of February 2018, Dewji has an estimated net worth of U.S. $1.5 billion, therefore positioning him as the 17th richest person in Africa and the continent's youngest billionaire.
An Uber driver nearby said when Mr Dewji appeared, the auto parked inside flashed lights before the two white men alighted from their vehicle and went straight to where Dewji was.
Mr Dewji is the owner and chief executive of the multibillion-dollar Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group).
Dewji is also a major sponsor of Tanzania soccer team Simba SC and served two terms in Tanzania's parliament, retiring in early 2015.
Mr Dewji is ranked 17th by Forbes on its list of Africa's billionaires.
You would be hard pressed to find a person in Dar es Salaam who did not know of Mohammed or the Dewji family and he would often draw large crowds at public events. In 2016 he pledged to give half of his fortune to philanthropic causes.
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