SELF-MADE businesswoman Zodwa Mkandla, the lady commonly referred to as Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure’s ex-wife has said she was with the late businessman for close to ten years and she knows how he made his money and fame.
Mkandla denied widespread speculation that Kadungure used forces from the dark world (juju) to accumulate his vast wealth which includes an array of supercars and a sprawling mansion in the heart of rural Domboshava.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail, Mkandla spoke about her relationship with Genius and how it all started and their time together and said Ginimbi was just a party animal who spent his dollars the spendthrift way but earned every dollar the hard way.
“I met him when he was 23 and it was in 2006. We were just friends then but he later on asked me out and we started dating in 2009; this was after three years of friendship.
“He was a very traditional man who didn’t enjoy things like pizza; he was a sadza man served with mabhonzo and matumbu (beef bones and offals). During weekends, he would enjoy hosting his friends at our home in Domboshava
“When we first met, Genius had nothing to his name — anga asina chinhu — but the man was such a hard worker. He would wake up at 5am to do his gas business. He continued to work hard throughout his life until he made it to the top,” she said.
“I was the first in business, hence I was wiser. Genius had bigger business ideas but I always helped him with the wisdom. Likewise, I would go to him for business advice.
“What I can say without any shadow of doubt is that Ginimbi was a go-getter and never used juju.If there are snakes which vomit money, why can’t people get them and be rich? I watched Genius grow from nothing to a millionaire through sheer hard work.
“We all have our colours and his theme was white; what has that to do with mushonga (rituals)? I lived with Genius and I never saw any juju or rituals. The parties were just him having fun. Anga arimunhu aida zvekunakirwa hake (he was a party animal).”
Zodwa Mkandla said she will help his family run the hotel(him mansion ) and the transport business that was left by the socialite.
“Genius was a very organised man; he obviously left a will. I will only work with the family to help them run the hotel and the transport business since I am already in the hospitality industry through Traverse Travel Agent. I have the clientele which can occupy the hotel and generate money for the business,” Zodwa revealed.
Kadungure did not leave a will according to his lawyers and an assigned will which was reportedly submitted at the Master of The High Court was deemed inadmissible in court.
He perished on Sunday 8th November when his speeding Rolls-Royce Wraith crashed with a pocket-sized Honda Fit before hitting a tree and exploding into flames. The accident also claimed three other Ginimbi’s friends who were his passengers. ■