Tanzania Police are investigating the kidnapping of Mohammed Dewji, the country’s richest man, who was seized this morning on his way to the gym in the country’s main city, Dar es Salaam.
Mohammed “Mo” Gulamabbas Dewji (born 8 May 1975) is a Tanzanian businessman and former politician. He is owner of MeTL Group, a Tanzanian conglomerate founded by his father in the 1970s. Dewji served as Member of the Tanzanian Parliament for Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) from 2005 to 2015 for his home town of Singida. As of February 2018, Dewji has an estimated net worth of US $1.5 billion, therefore positioning him as the 17th richest person in Africa and the continent’s youngest billionaire. Dewji is also the first Tanzanian to cover Forbes Magazine in 2013.
The city’s name comes from Arabic, and literally means Abode of Peace. And Dar es Salaam is very safe, in comparison to Lagos or Johannesburg, the main cities in Nigeria and South Africa respectively.
Although Tanzania has seen a wave attacks and abductions of opposition politicians and perceived government critics, this is the first time a businessman of Mr Dewji’s standing has been kidnapped in the country.