Tanzanian businessman abducted


A Tanzanian businessman and former member of parliament for the ruling CCM party was seized by unidentified men in Dar es Salaam, the regional commissioner said.

Mohammed Dewji, owner and president of the multi-billion dollar Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group), was seized as he arrived for a morning workout at a luxury hotel in the country’s commercial capital.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda said the businessman was kidnapped by two men as he entered the hotel.
“They fired a gun and then opened the gate,” Makonda said, adding security personnel started a search for Dewji.

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

Dewji was elected to parliament on the CCM ticket but did not seek re-election in the 2015 election.

The METL Group has more than 30 factories producing consumer products ranging from bicycles and detergents to edible oil and beverages. Other investments cover the agriculture, infrastructure, energy and mobile phone sectors.

The company operates in 11 African nations, most in East Africa. Dewji said in 2015 it had revenues of $2 billion and employed 24,000 people.