Video: The most expensive bottles of champagne popped up in Ginimbi’s tomb during burial

Video: The most expensive bottles of champagne popped up in Ginimbi’s tomb during burial

As he would have liked the foremost . Ginimbi’s friends made sure he went well with a flash of Shampopo showers when his coffin was being rolled down. Whole bottles of Champagne were seen being popped at Genius coffin as he was being laid to rest.

Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure (36) breathed his last within the wee hours of Sunday. His death created a buzz on social media platforms and spawned wild conspiracy theories of how he lived, made his fortune and died.

Kadungure’s palatial mansion in Nyamande Village in Domboshava — some 30 kilometres from the capital — could easily be mistaken for a luxury range in Malibu, California, where celebrity homes can fetch high to US$30 million.

Realtors say although the Domboshava home is located during a peri-urban rural set-up, the property can fetch overflow US$1 million. The young entrepreneur’s dressing sense was expensive. He donned all the top-end brands from his favourite Versace to Dolce and Gabbana, among many others.

However, this luxury and ostentatious lifestyle made Zimbabweans home and abroad speculate about his source of wealth. Some claim he was an occultist who minted his money overnight.

His friends have a special tale to inform . The Sunday Mail last week tracked Kadungure’s close business associates who met him as a young and impressive 17-year-old who then didn’t even skills to pop a champagne bottle.

One of these people is Brian Nyanyiwa, who met the late businessman around 2000. A shareholder in one among the Kadungure-linked companies, Nyanyiwa opened about the makings of the socialite. Without much of formal education, the Domboshava-born Kadungure was more of a self-taught businessman who ventured into vegetable vending in his Nyamande Village at a young age.

His friends say even at an early age, so big was his hunger for fulfillment that he became one among the primary “car dealers” since he fashioned out toy cars from wire mesh and sold them to his peers.

“Genius was always business-minded as he was inspired by his late mother — Mai Kadungure — who would spend several days on a bus travelling to South Africa as a cross-border trader. He always said if his mother could soldier on during a bus for days on end to defend the family, he was capable of working hard and make it big in life,” said Nyanyiwa.

Curiosity and gas

He reminisced about how Genius would visit the Nyanyiwa’s premises in Ardbennie within the early 2000s to ask questions on business.

At that point , he was sharing one room in Sunningdale 1 together with his uncle Benon “Boka” Mubaiwa. due to the proximity between Sunningdale and Ardbennie, he reportedly would walk to the Nyanyiwa’s offices.

Genius’ maternal relatives — the Mutsvairo’s — were into business and rented from the Nyanyiwas. this is often how the friendship between “Ginimbi” and Brian Nyanyiwa began to blossom.

“Back then Ginimbi didn’t have money but he was energetic and talkative. He was about 17 years old then and would come and borrow my BMW 7 Series whenever he wanted to charm his teenage girlfriends in Sunningdale.”

While Genius was still scouting for what kind of business to venture into, Nyanyiwa said, he came across information that white former commercial farmers were leaving their farms during a huff and abandoning their loaded gas cylinders.

This was during the land redistribution exercise within the early 2000s. it’s believed that a number of the farmers, especially chicken farmers, used tons of gas for his or her projects.

The two teamed up and began visiting several farms where they might help themselves to the gas cylinders, load them during a pick-up truck for resale in Harare. “This meant that we got one hundred pc take advantage of the gas sales to individuals and restaurants since we got the gas from the farms for free of charge .”

During that point , three major multinational oil and gas companies stopped importing LP (liquid petroleum) gas largely because their clients — the white farmers — were moving out of the chicken farming business. This created an acute shortage of gas in Zimbabwe.

Smelling a chance to fill within the gap, Genius reportedly travelled to Francistown, Botswana, to source the merchandise . Armed only with a thought and knowledge of where to source the gas but without the required capital, the budding entrepreneur approached his Mutsvairo uncles for a loan to kick-start the business of importing gas from Botswana for resale in Harare. This reportedly marked the birth of Pioneer Gas.

It is believed that there have been quick returns since there was huge demand for the merchandise . From the earnings, Ginimbi then bought a single-cab Isuzu truck, which he wont to transport gas cylinders.

Nyanyiwa said: “The car would always break down and since i used to be conversant in cars, i might fix it whenever we were doing deliveries. we would have liked a single-cab truck to require the merchandise to our customers easily.

“Apart from business, we might drive to attend Ginimbi’s favourite musical shows — Alick Macheso — where my friend enjoyed his Lion Lager. Ginimbi was quite good at dancing to sungura music doing the ‘Borrowdale dance’.”

As the gas business was booming, the young businessman moved from Sunningdale to Greendale. The duo approached Lad Oil for gas storage facilities and quickly doubled their imports to 42 tonnes per week.

“This means we were making about US$50 000 per week from gas sales; so life began to vary for the higher . Ginimbi then attended an area car auction where he out-bid big businessmen to shop for a two-door red BMW 3 Series. This drew tons of attention from many of us ,” he said.

To boost the gas business, Ginimbi approached an equally flashy businessman, Mr Phillip Chiyangwa, who then organised a loan for him from a top financial organization .

Pioneer Gas then moved from 42 tonnes per week to 60 tonnes and therefore the company bought three storage tanks from a South African businessman — Mr Jeff Vincent. At the time, the gas service had a staff compliment of 30 employees and rented a three-storey building in Graniteside.

Between 2007 and 2008, Ginimbi and 4 of his friends, including Brian Nyanyiwa, then began a side hustle of importing SIM cards from South Africa for R100 for resale at US$100. they might rotate to catch daily flights to usher in 1 000 SIM cards daily.

And the money continued rolling in. At that point , around 2009, Ginimbi moved from Greendale to Greystone Park and purchased a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. the subsequent year a chance arose in Botswana where Pula Energy had begun to struggle.

Again, sensing another opportunity, Ginimbi partnered with two prominent businesswomen, who poured in US$250 000 while the youthful businessmen weighed in with US$50 000.

Pula Energy was subsequently bought for US$1 million or 10 million pula and christened Quick Gases. Genius then headed Pula Energy, while Nyanyiwa was responsible of Pioneer Gas in Zimbabwe.