Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji rescued

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa also implicated foreigners in the crime, telling a press conference the assailants had "shot into the air" before bustling Dewji into their vehicle.

A local daily in Tanzania says, Dewji was kidnapped on his way to the Oysterbay for routine gym exercise.

The armed men were foreigners, the Swahili Times reported on Twitter, citing Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa.

It is has not been established why the businessman, 43, was abducted. "This kind of incident is new here".

A former lawmaker, Dewji is the owner and president of the multi-billion dollar revenue Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group).

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 be on the cover of Forbes magazine, and was named Forbes Africa person of the year in 2015.

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He is also the main sponsor of the Tanzanian premier league club champions, Simba.

Police have already made some arrests.

"They fired a gun and then they opened the gate", Makonda said, adding that security personnel were searching for Dewji.

"They came in a vehicle to the hotel and started shooting in the air before they took him away".

Witnesses, including the guards manning the gate at the hotel, were being questioned, he said.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda was among government officials who arrived at the scene.

His current net worth is about US$1.5 billion, according to the Forbes Billionaires list.

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