The 36-year-old socialite was on his way from celebrating his friend’s birthday in the capital Harare when the accident occurred
Fans all over the world have come together online to mourn the death of Zimbabwean socialite and businessman Genius Kadungure, popularly known as ‘Ginimbi’ who passed away in a tragic road accident that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 36-year-old socialite was on his way from celebrating his friend’s birthday, ‘Moana’, at his club Dreams, in the capital Harare when the accident occurred. He lost his life alongside three of his friends who were with him when his Rolls-Royce Wraith collided head on with three other vehicles.
According to eye witnesses, the Rolls-Royce was speeding when it veered off the road, hitting a tree before going up in flames. Ginimbi’s body was pulled out of the burning car but the three other passengers were trapped inside and consumed by the flames.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the death, with police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi stating that, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the death of four people that included Genius Kadungure in a fatal road traffic accident along Borrowdale Road. Three people were burnt when the vehicle caught fire after it clashed with a Honda Fit head-on as the driver overtook another car near Philadelphia.”
Two of the three passengers who were consumed by the flames have been identified as model Alicia Adams and Michelle Amuli, a fitness trainer popularly known as “Moana” who was also the birthday girl.
The group had shared widely about the lavish birthday celebrations on social media with their thousands of followers, up until before the accident. Ginimbi had earlier posted on his Instagram account that they were going to party.
“Guys, it’s time to go out, it’s gonna be going down. We’re going to Dreams (nightclub) in the next few minutes, it’s gonna be going down. It’s Moana’s birthday, we’re going to pop champagne, it’s gonna be champagne showers tonight, see you there,” he told his 600,000 plus followers.
The deceased socialite was known for throwing lavish birthday parties annually at any chosen destination in Southern Africa. His last birthday party in Harare reportedly cost US$50,000 (Sh5.4Million).
The socialite’s lifestyle drew the attention of many because of his acquisition of supercars. His latest ride was a Ferrari 488 Spider joining his other collection including Range Rovers, a Lamborghini, a Bentley and a host of Mercedes-Benzes, the most prominent of them being a G Wagon.
Ginimbi could not explain the source of his massive wealth that he had accumulated from 2010 to 2012 when he was questioned by Zimbabwean Revenue Authorities after they did a lifestyle audit on him.