‘. . . properties still intact’
Departed socialite and businessman Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure might have died six months ago but he still remains a topical figure.
His fans, friends and relatives have been anxiously waiting for his memorial service or clarity over the issue as well as property sharing.
H-Metro reporter TAKAWIRA “PHOTOVET” DAPI had a chat with Juliet Kadungure, the elder sister to the late Ginimbi on his estate, memorial service and other issues. Read on…
Photovet: How far true is it that Ginimbi’s memorial service was recently staged by his friends who were dressed in all-black in Harare?
Juliet: Firstly, Ginimbi’s memorial service will not be held before we hold our mother’s memorial.
I think you are also aware that we also lost our younger brother called Andrew on 01 January 2019.
Andrew passed on when our mother was on deathbed. We then failed to hold Andrew’s memorial service because our mother spent the whole year on deathbed due to cancer.
Our mother then died on 28 January last year (2020).
Also, my mother was a church woman and, as such, her memorial service has to be open to as many people as possible from the church, which was not possible under Covid-19 restrictions (effected end of March, 2020).
Unfortunately, Ginimbi passed on the 8th of November, the same year (2020).
Saka unongoziva se family sooka, zvinobva zvawanda, zvinobva zvarema.
We also observed that we could not hold Ginimbi’s memorial service at this stage because he is the one who passed on last amongst these three.
Under normal circumstances, we should have started with Andrew’s memorial, followed by mom’s and then that of Ginimbi last.
But because our mother is the eldest of all, we are going to start with her memorial service.
We are thinking of holding her memorial service on June 6 because that will be our mother’s birthday.
As for Genius’ friends, they just took flowers to his accident spot recently, of which I did not even attend the event.
I called my father telling him that it was not possible for Genius’ friends to gather at his accident spot in his absence, so I had to convince baba to attend the event.
These Ginimbi friends wanted to even proceed and put flowers at his grave but we said no, because customarily, it is not possible to do anything on Ginimbi’s resting place when there are some graves that still need attention in the family.
So for people to gather at his house whilst the village and world will be watching, will amount to an official memorial service.
I did not go because it was not a family thing and that is the reason we sent our father, my two cousins, namely Allan Chaitezvi Kadungure, 29 ,who stays with our father at our parents’ home and Carlos Kadungure, 30, who stays with my sister Nelly at Ginimbi’s mansion.
PHOTOVET: So which date have you settled for the memorial service?
Juliet: We cannot do anything about Ginimbi because customarily, we will have to start with our mother’s memorial service.
So I am thinking, though it has to be discussed again, probably we might join Ginimbi and Andrew’s memorials, since they are brothers. But we are going to start with our mother’s service first and that is also the position of her family.
Soon after our mother’s, we will then calculate how much money and time it can take to construct a mausoleum after which Ginimbi’s service will be held.
Photovet: How much did you budget for Ginimbi’s mausoleum or did you discuss with him before his death.
Juliet: I never discussed with Ginimbi anything about life after his death.
I wouldn’t know semunhu anga ane status wooka, I think wherever he is, he would be happy to see us building something dignified for him back here on earth.
Photovet: Your comment on allegations that Ginimbi’s casket was later found outside his mansion?
Juliet: How can a casket be found outside the grave?
If it was true, journalists must have been there to prove to the world that surely that casket is coming out daily, mobva mari miriraka richibudaka pa-mansion pacho.
Nothing of that nature ever happened. I think you still remember also a picture of a Lamborghini car on fire during Ginimbi’s funeral, but Ginimbi’s Lamborghini is still intact and parked inside his garages at his mansion today.
Ginimbi’s mansion is still free to visit, it is still the same, you will not notice that Ginimbi is late, his property is still intact.
Photovet: Thank you for the interview.
Juliet: You are welcome.