Mohammed Dewji has been kidnapped, a authorities minister stated, and officers are asking for data to assist rescue the billionaire proprietor of Tanzanian industrial conglomerate MeTL Group.

Dewji was seized by unidentified assailants on Thursday morning as he walked right into a fitness center within the industrial capital, Dar es Salaam, the East African newspaper reported, citing Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa. He was kidnapped by two foreigners, the Swahili Occasions reported on Twitter, citing Mambosasa.

“I’ve spoken to his father and the information of the kidnap of our buddy Mo is true,” State Minister for Atmosphere and Union Affairs January Makamba stated on Twitter. “Mohammed has a household and younger youngsters. Assist us by giving data that can assist together with his rescue.”

Dewji, 43, is the proprietor of Tanzanian industrial conglomerate MeTL Group and has served as a lawmaker for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi celebration. His present internet price is about $1.5 billion, in line with the Forbes Billionaires checklist.

MeTL is considered one of Tanzania’s greatest firms and accounts for about 3.5 p.c of the nation’s gross home product, in line with its web site. The corporate imports palm oil for soaps and detergents and shopper items starting from stitching machines to bubblegum and exports agricultural merchandise together with sugar, fertilizer and cashew nuts. It operates in 11 African together with Ethiopia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, and employs 24,000 individuals.

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