I sometimes envy the simple life: Ginimbi

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Some of Genius 'Ginimbi' Kadungure's cars that he came with for his social visit in Mutare last Friday.

…My life now belongs to the people

“I just plan that month on what I want to do for my birthday not to say I plan for my parties in advance. I now feel like I don’t own my life, my life now belongs to the people and business. So if there is business I am supposed to attend to in Dubai for that time, then that is where I will have it. I will not leave business for a party. Like in 2012, I had my birthday party in Botswana and last year in SA. If I am in Zimbabwe around October this year, I will have my party here,” said Ginimbi.

Ngoni Dapira

SELF-styled millionaire Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure who is known for his flamboyant lifestyle and extravagant birthday parties descended on Mutare last Friday and as expected he left tongues waging with people having a lot to reflect on and talk about from his grand spectacle.

Ginimbi having a chat with Mutare socialite Comfort Mupudzi whilst his car was being cleaned outside Holiday Inn on Saturday.

He came with his entourage of about 17 people, including men and women that he all booked at Holiday Inn.  From his fleet he came with four cars, his Mercedes Benz S-Class, Range Rover Lumma, 2017 edition Bentley Bentayga described as an ‘ultimate luxury SUV’ which costs about R4 million and the Range Rover SVR 2018 which costs over R2 million. His associates also came with posh cars making it a convoy of top of the range cars which was hard not to notice and make a spectacle, leaving one wondering whether poverty truly does exist in Zimbabwe.

First on his bucket list was the Mr and Miss Africa University pageant which was at the Golden Peacock Hotel and then after he went to several nightclubs in the city where he enjoyed VIP treatment, drinking expensive wines and splashing his money by making it rain on the crowd. At Miss AU he gave the winning princess $1000 which definitely got the attention of the crowd that the big spender ‘Boss Ginimbi’ was in town. Without getting into graphic details about the rest of his Mutare party night, to sum it all up, his millionaire play-boy lifestyle was well played and he was the envy of all as he stole the limelight everywhere he went that evening till the wee hours of Saturday morning. The ladies flocked to him like bees to honey wanting to be part of his entourage.

On Saturday morning Eastern Times Entertainment caught up with Ginimibi and surprisingly he was up early looking refreshed snacking on some Willards Spuds potato chips, probably just to stir up an appetite after drinking binge on Friday. Before the interview, he said he excused himself and took his Bentley Bentayga, the car he was using, to the car wash cleaners outside the hotel who immediately swarmed him, all wanting to clean his car in anticipation of getting tipped extra money by the well-known big spender. This evoked memories of the heydays in 2009 of the late Mutare diamond kingpin Bothwell ‘Bathez’ Hlahla that was also known as a big spender and would attract attention wherever he went.

Part of Ginimbi’s entourage getting ready to leave last Saturday.

After that, with humility, he agreed to sit for the interview though expressed his reservations about the media given his bad experiences in the past with some journalists who misquoted him or focused just on the negative.

Speaking about his visit to Mutare, the Piko Trading Group chairman and chief executive officer whose main business venture among others is Pioneer Gases, a gas company with interests in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, said it was not his first visit to the eastern border city. He said he has always enjoyed the hospitality the city offers and its people that are very welcoming and cordial. He added that there was a lot of business potential in Mutare which can grow the economy of the city to be a leading vibrant city in the next few years.

“It may be a small city but it has good numbers for business. My company already have agents (gas) in Mutare, so I do not need to come in their space and set up my gas business here. So in terms of business my operations exist indirectly through our agents,” he said.

Asked on his net worth of his wealth, the self styled millionaire known to own a fleet of top of the range cars and hosting extravagant parties amounting to hundred thousands of dollars refused to divulge his net worth and said all people should know is that he is ‘ok’ money wise. “My guy, I do not think it’s necessary to mention how much I am worth. I know I am ok in my life and am doing well, but honestly I have never valued myself,” he said.

Ginimbi and his entourage getting ready to leave.

Getting deeper into his private life Ginimbi revealed that he was now a single man after being a couple for eight years with Harare socialite and businesswoman Zodwa Mkandla.

“I am very single, super single. We are no longer together with Zodwa. We were a couple for a long time for over eight years but you know people sometimes separate in relationships. We still talk together, do business together, so I would say we are cool.”

The South Africa based businessman said his decision to stay in South Africa was purely business oriented. “I have businesses in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia as well but for the past few years business was doing better in SA than Zimbabwe which is why I am based there,” he said.

Asked on his extravagant birthday parties, making reference to his 33rd birthday party held in Cape Town last year which ran for three-days and was estimated to have cost over R2 million, Ginimbi said he did not plan for his birthday parties but just goes with his instinct on what he wants to do to spoil himself.

“I just plan that month on what I want to do for my birthday not to say I plan for my parties in advance. I now feel like I don’t own my life, my life now belongs to the people and business. So if there is business I am supposed to attend to in Dubai that time, then that is where I will have it. I will not leave business for a party. Like in 2012, I had my birthday party in Botswana and last year in SA. If I am in Zimbabwe around October this year, I will have my party here,” said Ginimbi.

On his speculated beef on social media with socialite Wicknell Chivayo, Ginimbi said there was no bad blood with Wicknell but as a public figure, he now has to accept that his private life belonged to the people and people will always have something to say regarding his personal life, which sometimes ends as a nasty exchange of words on social media.” People think they know me when they don’t really know the real me. Even today if you chose to write rubbish about me as a reporter, I will never respond and I have learnt to accept that. But sometimes I envy the simple life my guy,” said Ginimbi, attesting the old saying that indeed ‘more money more problems’ as over the years some rich celebrities have confessed that all that glitters is not gold, after millions of followers on social media would have inundated them with fan messages envying their lifestyle wishing to be in their shoes.

Ginimbi and his entourage re-grouping in the lobby at Holiday Inn last Saturday morning after partying hard.

He added, “I did not always have money. I was born and bred in Domboshava in a poor family. I was the first to buy a car, the first to take my mother and father to a driving school and buy them cars and to spoil them by taking them abroad for a holiday in Dubai. It’s only that I started making money at a young age,” said Ginimbi who is now one of the most trending and most followed Zimbabwean socialites on social media like Facebook and Instagram, reaching over a million views on his posts.

On what to expect from him as a young, rich businessman, Ginimbi said the sky is the limit to making money for him and he would never go to sleep where an opportunity to make money comes.

“I will never sleep where there is money to be made. We partied the whole night in Mutare yesterday but we cannot party every minute. As you can see this morning as early as 7am I was up responding to business calls. That is my life.”

About the Nigerian superstar Davido show dubbed the 30 Billion Harare Concert which will held at the Harare International Conference Centre on Saturday, Ginimbi who is the promoter of the show said everything was in order and Davido is expected to arrive on Thursday in Zimbabwe.

Ginimbi inspecting the damage from the accident.

On the other hand the Friday the 13th jinx unfortunately struck Ginimbi in Mutare as his Range Rover Lumma was involved in a minor accident after a Mercedes Benz rammed into it from behind on their way to BarCode nighclub. The car which was being driven by his friend was just dented slightly and the bumper separated a little, but the Mercedes Benz was badly damaged. Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.

Many stories have done rounds about Ginimbi’s wealth with many quick to believe in juju which has become the quickest assumption by most after one accrues so much wealth, especially among the young rich socialites. Ginimbi who has now developed a thick skin to such barrage however said his money was from hard-work and does not care what people say or write about in the media, so long it does no change his bank account.

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