Popular Zimbabwean socialite businessman Ginimbi dies

By Angella Semu

HARARE-(MaraviPost)-Zimbabwean socialite Genius Kadungure popularly known as Ginimbi has died on a road accident on Sunday November, 8, 2020.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the unfortunate incident in a statement.

Nyathi said the accident occurred along Borrowdale Road in Harare when Ginimbi’s vehicle caught fire after it clashed with a Honda Fit head-on as the driver overtook another car near Philadelphia.

Announcing the sad news in a post on Ginimbi’s official Twitter handle, his manager Ms Shally wrote: “I feel like hell, I dont even know which words to even use, Genius Kadungure has been called by God, he is no more. He was in a terrible accident around 5am, he died on the spot with 3 of his friends in the car, Karim, Elisha and Moana”.

The accident that reportedly occurred around 5 AM on Sunday happened when the popular businessman was coming from birthday celebration at his Dreams Night Club in Harare.

Among the four casualties of the accident was Zimbabwe’s best female fitness trainer Miss Michelle Amuli popularly known Maona who was featured in Jah Prazer video song titled Munyaradzi who just celebrated her 26th birthday the night before.

Ginimbi was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a gas company, Pioneer Gases which has interests in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He was also the owner of Club Sankayi now known as Dreams Nightlife Club.

Born on 10 October 1984 in Domboshava, the renown socialite started his career at the age of 17 as a middle-man securing gas for domestic users.

His net worth was estimated to be between US $10 million and US $100 million and he recently added a new US$600 000 worth Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster during the week ending 3 October 2020 to his fleet of luxury cars.

Kadungure was known as the king of bling and for throwing lavish parties. In 2010, he threw an expensive all-white birthday bash in Harare, where an estimated US$17,000 was spent.

In 2012, he hosted another extravagant birthday party which was held in Botswana which costed an estimated P250,000 (exchange value of US $32,000 at that time) followed by another consecutive three-day long party at his rural home in Domboshava to celebrate a newly-built mansion he had put up in the area in 2013.

Among those who have been devasted by Ginimbi’s demise is the exiled former minister Saviour Kasukuwere who posted on his tweeter handle about the sad news.

Kasukuwere wrote: “This is unbearable. A young man who worked hard and enjoyed hard is no more! The flower has wilted! Go well Boss Ginimbi. MHDSRIP”.

Mourners have reportedly gathered at his mansion in Domboshava with condolences coming from across the spectrum.

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