Africa’s youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania

Hunt on as Tanzanian billionaire Mohamed Dewji abducted in Dar

During a recent press conference, the city's police chief Lazaro Mambosasa went on to reveal that the kidnappers "shot into the air" before forcing Dewji into a vehicle.

Mr Dewji was kidnapped by unknown people early Thursday morning as he went for his routine gym session at Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam.

Authorities are yet to establish the motive for the kidnapping and where they are keeping the businessman.

News of the incident spread fast as social media users shared the development, sending shockwaves the country.

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States.

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

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

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He said police were looking for suspects and had already made arrests.

He is also a shareholder in the famous Simba Club in Dar es Salaam.

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

The driver said the kidnappers shot in the air once to scare people away before whisking away Dewji to a waiting auto which sped towards Masaki. Another vehicle remained outside.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Nigerian business mogul, Aliko Dangote, remains Africa's richest person with $12.2 billion net worth, according to the latest 2018 global list released.

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

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