By Simbarashe Nyamadzawo
Ginimbi as controversial as he was, 3 facts can’t be disputed
- Anga ariMbinga.
- He was popular and he will be missed by his legion of followers.
- He lived a happy life many would envy.
As someone who grew up in the same village -Domboshava in which Ginimbi hailed from it is hard for me to ignore his legacy and what it represents.
I took time to reflect on his legacy and analyze the allegations raised by his critics, unfortunately I could not reach decisive point.
I last met Genius Kadungure 3 years ago at OR Tambo International Airport, we just exchanged greetings as I was rushing to catch the Gautrain. He asked me to call him which I did the following Monday and he wasn’t in the country. I never made a follow up.
Ginimbi represents different things to different people. While a lot has been written about his riches and flamboyant cars, very little is in public record about Genius Kadungure Foundation, the philanthropic activities and and his generous deeds.
Inini hangu ndakazvimiririra what inspired me most about Gimimbi is the fact that he was proud of his home area, to an extent of building a mansion there. That property will remain “standing” long after all the flashy cars have depreciated.
He proved any reasonable doubt to the young boys and old men alike from Nyamande, that it’s possible for a villager to amass wealth and build a massive property kuJecha.
That mansion is a testament that he wanted to be associated with Domboshava. In some of his videos he addressed himself as “Ginimbi your boy from Domboshava.”
Someone once asked him kuti “Unoidi property isina maTitle Deeds?” and Ginimbi gave an unexpected answer.
“Shamwari, ndomadii maTitle Deeds? This house is not for sale, it is my home.”
Like with everyone else. Some will celebrate Ginimbi, otherwise will find pleasure in criticizing him, others will take time trying to decipher the source of his wealth.
To us from Domboshava he remains one of us, a brother. Mbinga.
Rest In Peace Mutenhesanwa.