Posted by Peter M. Allan on 14 Nov 2020, 10:32:01 in Africa
Ginimbi was popular Zimbabwean socialite, businessman, and millionaire until his death at only age of 36 years old.
Ginimbi real name Genius Kadungure, died on 8 November 2020 in horrific motor accident along with his three friends, one of them a Malawian, in area known us Borrowdale inside Harare, Zimbabwe.
The car, a Rolls Royce, hit another (a blue Honda Fit) and then crashed into some trees. It burst into flames after crashing.
Ginimbi was pulled out of the car successfully but died moments later. The other occupants of the car were trapped inside and were burned to death.
Ginimbi was the group chief executive of Piko Trading which owns Rivonia Gases, City Centre Freight, Pioneer Gases and Quick Gases, with offices in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.
Kadungure was said to have started engaging in small business transactions at the age of 17 as he became a middle-man securing gas for domestic users. Genius had a friend who worked at the Angolan Airways offices, he quickly secured his first contract through a friend. He would follow up on a number sales to gas users and that would see his fortunes turning. Within a year, he had started driving and two years later he had a Mercedes Benz S Class. He went on to establish Pioneer Gases which is now part of Piko Trading Group. The company supplies gas to the commercial, industrial, public and retail sectors.
Ginimbi's net worth was currently not known as his businesses are not listed publicly. Based on assets known however, his net worth was estimated to be between US $10 million and US $100 million. He added a new US$600 000 worth Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster during the week ending 3 October 2020 to his fleet of luxury cars which turned heads of many in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare.
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.
The party drew scores of people from Harare’s northern suburbs and guests were treated to high-end whiskey, bright colored cocktails, champagne, as well as cigars at his Greystone Park home for three consecutive days.
Two years later, in 2012, Kadungure hosted another extravagant birthday party which was held in Botswana. The party was said to have costed an estimated P250,000 (exchange value of US $32,000 at that time). In 2013, Kadungure also held a consecutive three-day long party at his rural home in Domboshava to celebrate a newly-built mansion he had put up in the area.
Ginimbi was man without controversial. In May 2014 he was arrested on allegations of fraud. He was accused of allegedly defrauding Zanu-PF MP for Chegutu West Dexter Nduna, the managing director of Badon Enterprises, and a Kadoma-based miner only identified as Gatawa of R1,581,890.
Ginimbi was reported to have created a fictitious company named Transco Civil Engineering purportedly based in South Africa and opened an ABSA bank account for the company. He then contacted the complainants over the phone and misrepresented himself as the chief buyer for Marange Resources looking for mining pumps at competitive prices, it was alleged. In December 2011 Gatawa reportedly sent his brother Enock to South Africa to purchase the pumps. He was ordered to deposit R1,046,890 for the purchase of 10 flight pumps in the ABSA bank account. After the transfers, Enock was told by Transco Civil Engineering “officials” to go back to Zimbabwe and check for his parcel with DHL in three days time. He only received a parcel of cellphone chargers.
FRIENDS and family of late Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure staged a huge send-off for the late businessman and socialite at the Doves Funeral Services premises in central Harare.
Harare CBD came to a standstill as people flocked to the funeral parlour to witness the body of the social influencer being ferried from the funeral services provider
A church service was held and was to be followed by a procession to Ginimbi’s Dreams night club on the peripheries of the city centre where hundreds jostled to catch a glimpse of the Mercedes Pilato hearse.
Ginimbi’s funeral convoy consisted more than 20 top of the range vehicles led by the late businessman’s orange Lamborghini.
Friends and family, some of whom wore t-shirts inscribed ‘Rest in peace Ginimbi’, popped Champaign bottles and splashed money into the air with people scrambling for the notes.
Popping champagne and splashing money at fans were some of the traits associated with the socialite’s public lifestyle.
After the brief stop-over at his club, the convoy sped off to his mansion in Domboshava, over 30km north of Harare.
Friends and family were Friday night set to throw an all-white party, the last one for a man who was well known for throwing lavish parties for acquaintances.
Peter M. Allan is a writer, communicator, journalist , computer programmer and founder of malawiblast.com , pa4ways.com and chanco-punch.com. He graduated from University of Malawi, Chancellor College with Bachelor of Arts Communication and Cultural Studies. On free time he likes reading, coding, writing, travelling and playing football. You can reach him through firstname.lastname@example.org .
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