Connect with us

Metro

Africa’s ‘youngest billionaire’ Dewji abducted in Tanzania

Published

on

The man said to be Africa’s youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania’s main city Dar es Salaam, police say.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, was abducted outside a swanky hotel gym where he was going for his routine morning workout.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and two of the abductors were believed to be foreign nationals, police added.

The motive for Mr Dewji’s abduction is still unclear.

Financial magazine Forbes puts his wealth at $1.5bn (£980m), and has described him as Tanzania’s only billionaire.

In a 2017 report, it said Mr Dewji was Africa’s youngest billionaire.

Mr Dewji is also a major sponsor of one of Tanzania’s biggest football teams, Simba.

He promised in 2016 to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes, Forbes said.

Read also: Interpol bursts criminal networks, rescues 85 Europe-bound child slaves in Sudan

Mr Dewji, locally known as Mo, is credited with turning his family business from a wholesale and retail enterprise into a pan-African conglomerate, reports the BBC’s Athuman Mtulya from Dar es Salaam.

His company, METL, has interests in textile manufacturing, flour milling, beverages and edible oils in at least six African states.

Mr Dewji served as a ruling party MP for a decade until 2015. He told the BBC in a 2014 interview that this possibly made it easier for him to meet top politicians, but it did not give him an unfair advantage, as other businessmen also had access to them.

Metro

Cattle hustlers kill 11, including eight police officers in North Kenya

Published

on

At least 11 people, including eight police officers and a local chief, have been killed by suspected cattle rustlers in northern Kenya, police said.

The victims, according to the police report, were killed in the drought-stricken Turkana county rustlers whom they had been chasing after they had rustled several herds of cattle on Sunday.

In the statement, the county police said that a “criminal and cowardly ambush by cattle rustlers had taken place in Turkana county and while being pursued by officers and the locals, eight police officers, two civilians and one a local chief were killed.”

“The police officers who were killed had been pursuing members of the Pokot ethnic group who had attacked a village and fled with cattle,” the statement said.

Continue Reading

Metro

Egypt sends food aid, medical supplies to ‘Somali brethren’

Published

on

The Egyptian government on Sunday, dispatched two military jets loaded with food aid and medical supplies to war-ravaged Somalia as “part of its continued support and solidarity with the brethren in country during crises and hard times,” a statement from the country’s Presidency said on Monday.

“Two military jets loaded with large quantities of aid headed to Somalia as per the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

“The aid is an affirmation of the depth of historical ties and relations between Egypt and Somalia as well as Egypt’s leading role towards Africa during times of crisis,” the statement said.

The aid package, according to the Egyptian government, also included two military medical crews who will “participate at treating and transporting injured military forces in Somalia in the recent terroristic attacks there.”

“In addition, Egypt military medical sector set the required preparations for receiving the injured Somalian soldiers.

This is not the first time Egypt is playing the big brother in other countries especially those with Arabian ties as it has sent several medical aid shipments to Arab and African countries including Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and others, which they believe has the famed ‘brethren’ with them.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

VenturesNow14 hours ago

Emerging African enterprise, Harvest Group, spreads reach to Zambia, launches fillings stations, foundation

One of Africa’s emerging conglomerates, Harvest Group of Companies Limited, has made bold its announced plan to expand its business...

Metro15 hours ago

Cattle hustlers kill 11, including eight police officers in North Kenya

At least 11 people, including eight police officers and a local chief, have been killed by suspected cattle rustlers in...

Metro16 hours ago

Egypt sends food aid, medical supplies to ‘Somali brethren’

The Egyptian government on Sunday, dispatched two military jets loaded with food aid and medical supplies to war-ravaged Somalia as...

Metro16 hours ago

Alleged Rwanda genocide financier, Felicien Kabuga, to go on trial at The Hague Thursday

The United Nations Tribunal will on Thursday, commence trial for an alleged Rwandan genocide financier, Felicien Kabuga, at The Hague....

Metro16 hours ago

Ugandan Ebola death toll rises to 21 as authorities confirm 34 new infections

Death toll from the recent Ebola Virus outbreak in Uganda has risen to 21 while 34 new infections have been...

Metro19 hours ago

African Titanic: 20 years after, Senegalese recall Le Joola ship tragedy where 1,863 passengers drowned

Twenty years after, the people of Senegal and indeed Africa will never forget one of the greatest ship sinking tragedies...

VenturesNow22 hours ago

Nigeria: Despite high oil theft, fuel subsidy rises to ₦525.714 billion in August

Nigeria’s oil subsidy regime has continued to bleed the country of public funds as subsidies rose to 525.714 billion nairas...

Metro23 hours ago

Again, protesters hit Tunisian street over high cost of living

Demonstrators hit Tunisian streets in hundreds on Sunday as the economic situation bites harder in the volatile North African country....

Metro2 days ago

Hundreds injured as protests over disputed Angola poll results turn violent

A demonstration by major opposition party supporters protesting the result of the August 24 Angolan presidential election which saw the...

Musings From Abroad2 days ago

Two Liberian Maritime officials arrested for alleged rape in South Korea while on seminar

Two top Liberian Maritime Authorities staff who were in South Korea for a seminar were on Saturday, arrested and detained...

Trending